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 bake cakes with fruits you can find in the parks.
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