Speaking at Day 2
Roundtable Discussion and Closing Remarks:
2020 Reflection and outlook after a year without public space
Assistant Professor, Urban Design, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
Maurice Harteveld has an uninterrupted focus on public space, particularly related to urban design and the architecture of the city. Although, at the current, this focus is shifting slowly to a more intercultural and interdisciplinary understanding of ‘human space’, this work is still adding to the reposition of design theory. Publications following his early work on ‘interior public space’ and ‘interior urbanism’ (since 2005) are awarding and can be seen as recognition. Whereas his current oeuvre, brings urban design back to its fundamental interdisciplinary nature; - in the overlap of cultural anthropology, social geography, and environmental psychology; - and in a non-structural way; bringing city and citizens together. In doing so, he specifically clarifies future challenges for designers, planners and policymakers, and he reframes histories from the questions we have today. He does this within the Delft Design for Values Institute, DIMI, and among others Leiden•Delft•Erasmus alliance. He also works at the Architects Registration Board of The Netherlands and he is a guest professor at various foreign universities.