How to react when traditional industries move away: SOCIETY 2.0

Hosted by Brabant Academy

Workshop Location: Eindhoven, The Netherlands

Spaces Remaining: 40

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ISOCARP wants to learn from social innovation and use it as the start for a new age of a new generation of planners. 2015 will be the 51st anniversary and a perfect stimulator for this change, based on the current social transformation. 1965 was the year of the foundation of ISOCARP by van den Emden in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. This 'social design' will be main subject of the contribution of Eindhoven via Brabant Academy to the program of the ISOCARP2015 Congress.

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Talking Points

Challenge: Hack the Regeneration

Hack the Regeneration Challenger: Baltan Laboratories Question: How can media technologies be utilised to create a neighbourhood-feeling between Strijp-S and the areas around it? As occupants of the Natlab building, Baltan Laboratories is situated on the border between two very different neighbourhoods. The Natlab is part of the ‘trendy’ Strijp-S area, but looks out over a less designed neighbourhood, Drents Dorp, which used to be resided by the workers of the Philips factories. It seems like the…


Challenge: Hack the Ownership

Hack the Ownership Challenger: Vincent Wittenberg, Vrienden van het Gloeilampplantsoen Question: How to turn the Gloeilampplantsoen into a place that serves the interest of the general public again? Behind one of Holland's most ‘notorious’ train stations, there is an empty lot that used to be known as the Gloeilampplantsoen, or ‘Light-bulb Park’. The park is part of the collective memory of Eindhoven, and essential to the city’s history. It’s situated right next to Strijp-S: the area that tells the story o…


Challenge: Hack the Motivation

Hack the Motivation Challenger: Rob van der Wijst Question: How to build a community through a communal design and transformation process of a local sports park? Neighbourhood Drents Dorp was originally built in 1920, to accommodate the new workers attracted by Philips. The electronics company was in charge of the project, and only well- behaved employees of Philips were selected as residents. Currently, a local corporation is in charge of renting out the houses, and the social composition of…


Workshop Program

The workshop will see participant work in groups on specific local challenges in an Hackaton format. Intermezzo sessions will see participants involved in dialogues around the workshop themes, providing inspiration for the group work. We will also have the possibility to visit iconic Eindhoven locations and to experience the Dutch Design Week. The proposed plans will be presented in a public event and feed the Isocarp congress in Rotterdam the following days.


How to reach the workshop location

The Oude Rechtbank, is easily reachable by foot from Eindhoven Central Station in about 10 minutes. Take the station exit towards "Centrum". Once outside walk towards the "Piazza" shopping mall (on your right). In front of "Piazza" take the "Demer" street on your left. Walk along the street as it becomes "Stratumseind". You will find the Oude Rechtbank at Stratumseind, 32


Intermezzo 1: Collaborative Tools and Processes

How have you explored the ‘potential of participation’? What was your process for re-articulating a collective ‘problem’? How motivate for participation when the network or consequence is invisible, or the impacted stakeholders are not yet motivated? What are the limits of a participatory process? What are the methods of building cross connections? Why work from within? How does this method incorporate dynamic knowledge transfer? These will be some of the questions that will spark the debate in the Int…


Intermezzo 2: Cross Connections

What Happens When Traditional Industry Moves Away? What are the elements of impact that industry and the migration of industry have upon cities and regions? What do these common ingredients suggest for the future of planning? Has your city encountered similar challenges? Have you been involved in such transformations? We look forward to your ideas, provide a comment below, let's start the discussion!


Intermezzo 3: Ritualized Space

How has the creation of new rituals shift perception from within? What is the role of ritual in the reinvigoration of cities? What role does pride (personal, collective) play in having a future-oriented dialog? What are your experiences and thoughts on these questions? We want to hear your opinion, leave a comment below!


Isocarp Eindhoven Workshop now part of Dutch Design Week!

The Isocarp Eindhoven Workshop now part of Dutch Desing Week 2015



Passionate professionals are invited to contribute to the workshop. The Top 3 contributions will be presented during the workshop.


MeetUp3: ISOCARP2015 Unplugged

Starts: Sep 05, 2015
Ends: Sep 06, 2015
CrossBoat, De Ceuvel, Korte Papaverweg 4, 1032 KB Amsterdam

At ISOCARP Unplugged our Creative Engines will focus on building and
sharpening the content of their workshops together with the local co-rapporteurs.
The General Rapporteur will be present to facilitate the process
and share her vision as we move one step closer to the final event in
Rotterdam! Now is the time to DREAM > DARE > DO!

MeetUp4: Innovation happens @ DDW!

Starts: Oct 17, 2015
Ends: Oct 18, 2015
Dutch Design Week exhibition venues, Eindhoven, The Netherlands

Dutch Design Week is a perfect place for YPPs to work together in the spirit innovation and design and inspire them to take urban planning to the next level!
At this point, the 40 YPPs and the 24 Co-rapporteurs will meet together to discuss the future of planning and kick-off the creative spirit for the workshop days to come.

Saturday 17 October
10.00 City Hall open
10.30 Welcome by Mary-Ann Schreurs, vice mayor of Eindhoven
11.00 Introduction in transformation of Eindhoven
12.00 Welcome DDW by Martijn Paulen, director DDW
12.30 short visit to exhibition in Cityhall
13.00 Lunch for YPP’s (and other guests) at OUDE RECHTBANK
14.00 visit Dutch Design Week with guidance from Team10 members and Brabant Academy (optional free visit without guidance).
19.00 diner at STRP-S (or make a reservation at Oude Rechtbank)

Sunday 18 October:
12.00 brunch at OUDE RECHTBANK and free visit DDW till departure to host city.


Starts: Oct 19, 2015
Ends: Oct 19, 2015
Eindhoven, The Neatherlands

09:00-09:30 Registration and walk-in
09:30-10:00 Introduction / Introduction to Hackaton
10:00-10:30 Presentation / Eindhoven Breeding places
10:30-12:30 Going into Eindhoven / visit Breeding places
12:30-13:30 Lunch
13:30-14:00 Presentation of 4 Challenges
14:30-15:30 Intermezzo 1 + Challenge break out
15:30-17:30 Groups working on the Challenges
17:30-19:00 Intermezzo 2 + Challenge synthesis and Day 1 preview
19:00-20:00 Dinner


Starts: Oct 20, 2015
Ends: Oct 20, 2015
Eindhoven, The Netherlands

09:00-09:30 coffee and walk-in
09:30-11:30 Intermezzo 3 + Challenge Charrette
11:30-12:30 Lunch
12:30-16:00 Group Work and Pitch Rehersals
16:00-17:00 Presentation preparation
17:00-18:00 Dinner
18:00-20:00 Drinks and Pitch Event

workshop location

De Oude Rechtbank (the Old Court House)

Brabant Academy and the City of Eindhoven will welcome the ISOCARP workshop participants in the spirit of the Eindhoven theme itself. We will host our workshop team in one of the city's monumental buildings that portrays the era of transition, De Oude Rechtbank (the Old Court House). The building dates back from 1678 when it was used as inn called 'De Groote Star' (the Big Street). In 1841 the place was rebuilt and transformed into regional Court House. The facade of the old inn has been completely renewed. Between 1965 and 1968 the building was used as a tax office, after, it was re-adapted into the Museum Kempenland and into the center for Art and Design De Krabbedans. At present day, the building serves as a multi functional cultural/entertainment complex and a café. Do you want to find out more about its current use, simply do so by following the link.

workshop setup


Modern society is moving towards a world of never-ending technological revolution. Everyday life includes fast change in habits, driven by service led and consumer oriented economy and online communities for social and economic interaction. The improved quality of life introduced the creative industry, leaving the making industry behind in the past. Many (post)industrial cities are facing the burden of having to progress and embed this new social transformation. Eindhoven is leading the way and can show participatory transition in practice.

Constant schemes of planning and governance into dynamic processes create peculiar shift of social development. These schemes have to change to a resilient and organic format. Transformation in urban planning and strategy development includes mass and collective input. Eindhoven workshop will work with a new philosophy where urban planners/designers/architects use participatory planning as a mainstream practice.


Urban planning is a main tool of social and economic progress of urban agglomerations worldwide and foundation for healthy governance and steered development. With the scale and the speed that current urbanization is taking place worldwide, cities house about 70% of the world’s population. They are growing into major economic powerhouses, oriented towards economic growth, which endangers the people element in societies.

Our workshop will show participants a new dimension of making of places. By the use of the interactive method Hackathon, the workshop will re-examine the role of the urban planner/designer/architect in the society. Hackathon will bring focused innovation efforts in city-making, while mixing input of people with different backgrounds, regardless of setup constraints. The outcomes of this method are scenario driven and location specific with capacity to offer ready-to-use solutions per se.


Three local challenges in post-industrial Philips' neighborhoods are selected. The challenges are placed on-line from October 1, to generate public contributions via live discussions. On the two workshop days, workshop participants will be introduced to existing methods of city-making and bottom-up processes around Eindhoven. The Hackathon will lead participants to work on concrete bottom up solutions to local challenges, stimulated by interactive sessions on papers and practical experiences. They will be provided with the contributions from the general public and the submitted projects/papers. The results, in the form of concrete action plans will be presented at the Central Event in Rotterdam.

The three locations with three different challenges will be visited. These are creating three different itermezzo sessions. These intermezzo sessions are short bursts of facilitated dialogue on working methods and insight from from the Congress papers, intended to introduce methods and lessons learnt from other cities, and from ‘industries’ beyond planning. Each Intermezzo session will be a moderated discussion between selected participants from the Eindhoven workshop and based on the contributions submitted to Eindhoven workshop if the forms of projects and research papers. The Intermezzo session moderators are the young planners from the Creative Engine. They will prepare a short list of questions for the session they are assigned. These questions and prompts will be posted starting October 1 on the ISOCARP platform to generate interest and feedback.


The great shift that can be sensed in urban planning and architecture transforms architects and urban planners from king/queen in architecture into sensors of the society. Their new design approach will leave the blue-prints and the “aesthetics of bricks” behind and move the focus on the process of knowledge sharing and nurturing between generations and social design, resulting with great movement of reusing the soft and hard elements of human society.


Hackathon is excellent method to use when approaching focused challenge from diverse perspectives. It offers horizontal interaction, disruptive innovation and mapping of thoughts. Create connections within and between workshop participants while generating collective knowledge. The intermezzo sessions are short bursts of facilitated dialogue on working methods and insight from from the Congress papers, intended to introduce methods and lessons learnt from other cities, and from ‘industries’ beyond planning. This working method captures the essence of each international participant using various external input sources (on-line and off-line).


Urban planning is a contested and pluralistic socio-economic and political concept, including extensive negotiations and dialogues involving different levels of stakeholders, arching towards collective decisions on future actions. It is also circumscribed by present and future environmental limits and social responsibility. The results of our workshop should:

  1. Identify participatory tool that can be used to construct legislation and national planning policies towards participatory planning
  2. Present the way this participatory tool can be used in urban planning and city governance worldwide
  3. Introduce the possibility of both participatory planning and international knowledge exchange

Contact us

If you have any inquires you can write to one of our Creative Engine:

Tessa Steenkamp e-mail
Carlo Francesco Capra e-mail
Erin Kelly e-mail