"The community is the expert, we are the tools"
Founder Placemaking Plus + Placemaker
I was born in 1949, and educated in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. I grew up in Amsterdam East, where I soon discovered the Borough's bustling street life, the Dapper Market and the Oosterpark. In 1967 I moved to Amsterdam New West and in 1970 further west to Brooklyn , New York, and two years later to Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The following 25 years I spent working and living in Canada, The United Stated, and the Caribbean.
Some highlights included destination development for Nordair / Treasure Tours (owned by Canada's Inuit) , sponsorring for festivals in Canada's National Capital Ottawa, such as Winterlude, the Tulip Festival, and the National Capital Airshow. When stationed in the Hague for the Canadian Government I helped to bring Hollands famous ice skating Marathon (200 k's) Race of the Eleven Cities to Canada two times. When I returned to Europe I worked as Coordinator Street Commerce in Amsterdam.
In 2004, I met Fred Kent and Kathy Madden from the Project for Public Spaces (www.pps.org) and I fell hook, line and sinker for Placemaking with Communities, where the people in the neighbourhood and the users are the experts. I realized a.o. that People power markets. Currently I am a proud member of the Placemaking Leadership Council, as well as UN Habitat's Future of Places Community.
I believe that "the World is really going places!"
Director BFAS+, Urbanist + Placemaker
After graduating at the Delft University of Technology I worked at a number of leading designfirms. In 2004 I joined the board of BFAS+. BFAS+ is a designstudio located in the centre of Amsterdam. Translating an ideas into a creation and working together with people are my biggest strenghts.
In the summer of 2015 I realized the city beach Playground CS (Amsterdam) together with Peter. Afterwards this was the start of an intensive cooperation which resulted in Placemaking Plus. At Placemaking Plus we're working on high-profile projects whereby Placemaking is as important as our Plus. De Plus differs per projects, sometimes it is a building or it can be an co-operation with unusual partners for example.
Beside my work at BFAS and Placemaking Plus I initiated some projects like: Archicare (a foundation researching housing for elderly), Bouwen in de Beurs (workshop with 600 children - awarded by the Prins Bernard Cultuurfonds, art and cultural education).
Placemaker + Urbanist
I am a 26 year old Indian with an academic and professional background in Architecture and Urbanism. I graduated from Delft University of Technology in urbanism in 2017 and became a part of Placemaking Plus to bring changes in the real world. I love being my own motivation and therefore want to practice meaningful urbanism around the globe.
I have worked on placemaking and temporary urbanism projects academically and professionally for China, India and Europe. My graduation project #WomenSpatialActivism is an urban designer’s approach towards gender sensitive urban design in India through temporary urbanism & placemaking.
Placemaking Plus gives me a platform to create a global network of placemaking, temporary urbanism and stakeholder engagement which makes collective communities and lovable neighborhoods.
On one hand, I believe good urban design of the real user’s requirements can really create a space into a place to be enjoyed, loved and cherished. On the other hand a well visualized and presentable design can ease down the realization on site and rectify the changes according to users suggestions.
JANNEKE VAN DER KROFT
Project Manager + Placemaker
My name is Janneke van der Kroft and I live in Amsterdam since 2010.
March 2018 I started at Placemaking Plus, before that I had different jobs at a social housing company in Amsterdam (Eigen Haard). Here I was working on several beautiful projects in and around the city. Because of that I have quite a big network in urban design.
Amsterdam for my is not only the place I live but also my hobby and playground. But I also like to wander around, meet people and play! I like to see how sometimes just little things or activities make connections between the people who live in a neighbourhood. The local level is the first level at which people like to get involved and should be able to participate.
At the Amsterdam School of Real Estate I did Marketanalyses, Urban development and project design. A few years ago I did a masterclass concept development at Neprom.
My special interests are: Mobility, zorgvraag, new livingconcept, and other innovations in urban development.
STAN THE KANTER
Believing in possibilities and showing others that this makes basically anything possible, if you are just positive yourself and proactive in seeking solutions is the red thread in my life.
After being active for years in various roles in the insurance industry and the hotel sector I focus myself since four years entirely on connecting people, products, organizations, concepts and locations; at first mainly independently via temporary pop-ups and my own pop-up festival Popup Week and later in a more central position for big projects with empty office buildings, shopping centers or neighborhoods. "Connecting" and "inspiring others" is what I concentrate on. Only then we can achieve a sustainable positive result for everyone.
In line with my role as Placemaker I started in 2017 promoting cycling on wooden bicycles; not only because wood is more sustainable than steel and wooden bikes give bicyclist more comfort, but also because a wooden bike connects automatically sustainability, craft, nature, design, people, places and much more with each other. I addition I also manage several mobile social design installations (from a mobile hairdresser to a very special portable kitchen) which let the user connect easily with his or her natural and social environment.
For Placemaking Plus I am active as a placemaker and connector.