Public space is losing it’s public character.
This is strongly noticeable in the European Quarter of Brussels.
An area where gentrification, strict security
and over-ambitious urban planning have lead to over-designed
and neglected public space.
The ‘Embrace (public) space’ project is a DIY manual that wants to encourage citizens to appropriate public space of the Leopold Quarter and bring back its public nature. This by marking the possibilities of public space to citizens.
Street furniture and pavements can be fun, graffiti can be poetic,
you can make a cake with berries you pick in the park.
This thesis investigates the role of the
graphic designer in contemporary public space.
It also documents the working process of my master project.
Sint Lukas University College of Art and Design