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Since 2010, Placemakers has assembled a variety of key learnings and experience with innovative methods for research and participation. Translated into a range of workshops, presentations, consultancy and educational programmes, we aim to help organizations envision and develop the future of a space creatively and collectively. 

Selection of workshops and lectures
close up building status Social Context Mapping workshop
lecture Introduction to placemaking
kennisdeling_lunchlezing_placemat PLACE-MAT lunch lectures

Understand an area from the inside-out, using both ‘soft’ and ‘hard’ data

Learn about the basic premises, goals and methods of placemaking and discover accessible and creative ways to address and engage local stakeholders 

Use your lunch breaks for thematic lectures and polling


Prototyping workshop @VINU

In-house prototyping session in which participants got creative and productive with easy-to-use materials.

Making Cities Together #3 Minecraft community workshop

Using Minecraft as a tool to invite various groups into the design process of a 'Model Street' in Dandora, Nairobi.

Branding IJburg

Secondary school students collect the story of IJburg and present their concepts for a promotional campaign to local stakeholders.


Make local wishes and ideas immediately visible with 'wish-finding signs'.

Workshop Festive Street Lighting for the Jan Eef

Placemakers organised a workshop to co-develop locally supported ideas for the festive lighting scheme on the Jan Evertsenstraat.
Placemat Lunchlezingen

PLACE-MAT lunch lectures

Experts from the field give a variety of presentations over lunch, place mats stimulate the audience to think along.

Workshop Belgrade SCAPES:LAB

Placemakers participated in the exchange programme Belgrade.SCAPES:LAB / I Think BG in Serbia's capital. Placemakers organised a workshop on 'Social Context Mapping'.

Lecture portfolio

– Vastgoedcafé, Ghent Belgium
– ArtEZ Corpo-real MA interior architecture
– UvA pre-University Honours programme
– Aalto University summer school on Transportation
– Ceetrus city visit (by Utopies)
– MaD Hong Kong (by Dérive Lab)
– Workshop Public Space and Social Cohesion Cardiff University
– UvA Estafette voor stadsmakers
– Fabrica Ciudad #12
– UvA symposium ‘Resilient Minds, Resilient Worlds’
– Utrecht University mixed classroom
– Kenisstad Gemeente Amsterdam
– D66 Amsterdam
– UvA Alumni day

Project presentations:
– De Buurtcamping @Superdiversität Barcamp Essen
– Bloody Tourists @NPO Radio 1
– Making Cities Together @Urban Thinkers Campus UN Habitat
– Making Cities Together @Habitat III, Quito
– Pilot Podium Waterlandplein @VHW Berlijn
– Pilot Podium Waterlandplein @Ceetrus site visit (by Utopies)
– Sluisbuurt @InHolland
– Buurtcamping @WeMakeThe.City
– Sluisbuurt @WeMakeThe.City
– Making Cities Together @East Africa Dialogue Series, Nairobi
– Bloody Tourists Toolkit @Pakhuis de Zwijger
– De Buurtcamping @KörberStiftung, Hamburg
– Making Cities Together @Pop Up Public Space, Habitat III, Quito
– Making Cities Together @Fabrica Ciudad, Habitat III, Quito
– De Buurtcamping @Future Jamboree, Wroclaw
– Sluisbuurt @Pakhuis de Zwijger

– The socio-spatial dialectic: applying ethnography to the city @ArtEZ MA interior architecture
– Creative research methods @WeMakeThe.City
– Placemaking and public space @UvA BetaGamma
– Public Space and its private parts @DROOG
– Greening the City @The Urban Park, Pakhuis De Zwijger
– City at Eye Level @Pakhuis de Zwijger
– Le rendez-vous des urbanistes @Les Grands Voisins, Paris
– Creating meaningful encounters @Pakhuis de Zwijger

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