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Designing for Neighborhood Resilience: Bridging the Divide

What can we learn from design agencies that work on neighbourhood resilience while integrating human and non-human perspectives?


The research project and event series ‘From Prevention to Resilience’ explores how public space and civic engagement can contribute to more resilient urban neighbourhoods. Throughout the project a nature-inclusive design framework has been developed, which challenges and enables urban designers to not only consider ‘human’ residents within their scope but also ‘non-human’ residents. In the third and final event of the series, experience design lab ‘UNSx’ and social design agency ‘The Beach’ share their experiences with integrating these two perspectives to promote neighbourhood resilience. What value was created by integrating these different perspectives? Which obstacles and challenges emerged while doing so? And what lessons were learned that can inform future design practices for more resilient neighbourhoods?

About the program

For this third and final session of the Designing for Neighborhood Resilience series, we start with an introduction on the project and framework by:

  • Boudewijn Boon, the senior researcher involved in the research groups of Spatial Urban Transformation and Civic Interaction Design at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (AUAS). In his work, he is interested in designing interactions that are inspired by, and inclusive towards, the natural world.

We then hear from the two design studio’s that worked with the developed nature-inclusive design framework:

  • Social design agency The Beach in Osdorp (Amsterdam) used the Design Framework for Neighborhood Resilience in the ‘Voor Jou, Voor Mij’ program. During this program, local women are invited to participate in ateliers, in which they gain hands-on experience and develop new skills (such as cooking, weaving, constructing wooden furniture, creating beauty products and gardening). The aim is to enable participating women to learn, grow, and connect as a group, to make them aware of their capabilities, and to take ownership of their activities and products and turn these into a small business. Assistant programmaker at The Beach, Emiel Wolf, will share their experiences with implementing the framework.
  • UNStudio’s experience design team, UNSx, implemented the Design Framework for Neighbourhood Resilience at the Rode Kruislaan social housing complex of housing corporation Rochdale. Being an area that faces many social and spatial challenges, UNSx followed a three-phase design process and invited professionals with diverse expertise to contribute at different stages. By using three ‘impact goals’ throughout the process, UNSx developed a concept design that invites further inquiry and experimentation towards a more resilient Rode Kruislaan. The Head of Innovation and Knowledge Management Education at UNSx, Filippo Lodi and his team will share their experiences with implementing the framework.

Finally, Indira van ’t Klooster (Arcam) will join Boudewijn Boon (AUAS) and Filippo Lodi (UNSx) for a broader discussion of the potential of integrating the human & non-human in design thinking.

This project is made possible by: ZonMw grant round ‘COVID 19 Societal Dynamics’.

*Please note that this event can only be attended physically at the Pakhuis de Zwijger Studio. The recordings will be made available later on and can be viewed via or via Pakhuis de Zwijger's YouTube channel.

Gepubliceerd door  Kenniscentrum FDMCI 30 augustus 2022


Startdatum 06 sep


20:00 - 21:30 uur


Wouter Meys
Giulia Gualtieri
Boudewijn Boon


Pakhuis de Zwijger

Piet Heinkade 179

1019 HC Amsterdam