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Urban planning facilitated by citizens


The Sint Joseph inner area is a site in the Doornakkers district of Eindhoven, where a number of old school buildings, a monastery, a service flat and houses are densely packed. The buildings are owned by the municipality of Eindhoven and the Woonbedrijf, and are (sub) let to creative companies and social organizations.


The municipality's intention to make the courtyards accessible to local residents caused a lot of unrest in the district. At the time, I rented a workspace on the site and facilitated a working session with interested parties Floris van Geel of 040LAB to gather around the loaded subject in a creative way ideas that reflect how we would like to implement the access. The plan, a visual scenario with planning and cost estimate, was shared with the area coordinator and contributed to the area vision of the Municipality.


The opening up process is still ongoing in 2020, and parts of the plan (including the vegetable garden on the west side) have now been completed.