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Placemakers consist of an interdisciplinary team of (landscape) architects, urban planners and sociologists. We focus on the interconnections between the physical and the social in our research, design and implementation of successful urban spaces.

The board of Placemakers consists of Roderik Schaepman (co-initiator De Buurtcamping, R&D Development), Martje van Ankeren (The Netherlands Association of Universities of Applied Sciences) and Dennis van den Berg (Andersson Elffers Felix).

Placemakers was founded in 2010 by Naomi Hoogervorst (architect), Ronald Boer (landscape architect) and Katusha Sol (sociologist). 

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Katusha Sol (co-founder, sociologist)

Katusha is one of the founders of Placemakers and shares her knowledge and experience of cities – their energy, citizens and initiatives – by doing research, writing and teaching. She iteratively uses social scientific knowledge in Placemakers’ projects and inserts empirical experiences in her role as a teacher and education developer at the University of Amsterdam. Katusha carries out local-scale research, finds creative ways to extract local knowledge and ideas and is able to translate these into small and large interventions. Katusha is a.o. advisor for fundraising and strategy of De Buurtcamping.

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Anna Dekker (sociologist/urban planner)

With a background in sociology, urban planning and a MA ‘City Design and Social Science’ (LSE), Anna always reflects on the dialectics between the social and physical organization of cities. As a Placemaker, Anna connects large themes to small scale interventions that combine the expertise of citizens and professionals. Anna is furthermore co-founder of spatial design Studio LONK, co-founder and board member of non-profit Stichting Thuismakers Collectief and an interviewer at Statistics Netherlands.

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Brechtje Boeke (visual ethnographer)

With a background in Visual Ethnography, Brechtje creates documentary films that explain macro developments in health, economy, innovation and urban development through a micro and humanistic perspective. As a documentary maker, project manager and community manager, Brechtje is an innovative intermediary, combining academic skills with creativity and an open visual attitude. For Placemakers, Brechtje developed the tool Buurtpraat; a short documentary series followed by a screening + debate for and about locals. Currently, Brechtje is managing a variety of projects at Placemakers. Additionally, she initiated, programs and hosts DUS; a multi disciplinary inspiration program at the Volkshotel

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