Date & Time 

Monday, June 28  |  16:00-19:00 CEST  |  08:00-11:00 Pacific Daylight Time 
Via Zoom 



Our western cities are in a process of rapid densification. Obsolete industrial sites, waterfronts and other urban spaces are transformed, as is our urban fabric by infill with new high-density dwellings. Simultaneously, our cities anticipate actions to counter multiple ecological, economic, social (aging) and cultural grand challenges. Among other consequences, these processes of densification and interventions, exponentially weighs in on our shared public spaces. 

These public spaces need to facilitate more people (condominium high rises with small studio’s), more movements of people – and more ecologically. Especially in public space, a turn in the classic dichotomy between urban and rural might be manifested. Moreover, the social fabric, with its individualization, digital cocooning and hyper diversity needs public spaces to accommodate and stimulate social interaction and production as well as places to restore. The same goes for ecology, providing conflicting demands, putting a strain on the resilience of our cities.

The Concept of Restorativeness, derived from the field of Environmental Psychology and ecology, provides established knowledge, showing how any organism (including a system perspective) needs restoration regularly; physiologically, socially and ecologically. If we assume this to be true, the same concept offers a promising ‘lens’ to search for possible locations, nodes and systems – serving as ‘refuges’ or contra-mal in the densified urban fabric, offering city dwellers and or nature alike conditions to restore, consciously or unconsciously. 

Our workshop explores the transmission of this concept of restorativeness into the realm of urban design and architecture. How can it materialize on different levels of scale (from the ‘street corner’ to the network), ‘rewiring’ the urban infrastructure to build in urban resilience?


Signing up 

To be announced
Please note that this workshop is meant for students only.


Workshop Organizers 

Frank Suurenbroek (Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, Amsterdam),
Stefano Andreani (Harvard, Graduate School of Design),
Ben Hooker (ArtCenter College of Design)


More information & Contact

For more info, contact click here or send an email to Frank Suurenbroek [].