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Published on 30-06-2021

New Space - Design Guideline Livability of Public Space

More space for greenery, sports, play & social interaction

Commissioned by the municipality, Felixx worked together with Goudappel, Stipo & Marco te Brömmelstroet on 'New Space' (Design Guideline Livability of Public Space) of Groningen. The guideline is an inspiration document for a different kind of public space, with more space for green, sports, play and social interaction and less for parked cars and bicycles. Today the Board of Mayor and Aldermen approved the provisional version of New Space.


In New Space we take the street as our starting point, the most human scale sample size of our cities. In order to design streets for people, it is important that we once again start to see the street as 'a shared space', a public space for people instead of a functional connection between point A and point B. To this end, the guideline introduces a new approach to designing streets.


Inspirational image of a street section - now, soon & later


We no longer take a one-dimensional approach to designing the street in which mobility is the sole guiding principle. Instead, mobility will join accessibility, safety, human perception, health, social interaction, ecology, climate adaptation, economy and cultural history in making the street; the ten dimensions of the street.

From one perspective towards ten dimensions of the street.


New Space is also a tool to work together on a future-proof public space for everyone. The document shows which dimensions are necessary for a qualitative and valued public space. On Monday July 5th at 20.30 hours the meeting 'In gesprek over de Leidraad Openbare Ruimte' is held in Forum Groningen. The purpose of this meeting is to inform and to discuss the provisional version of the guideline. New Space offers visual ideas for a new design. These images can help in the conversation with inhabitants about the opportunities for a better quality of life in streets and neighborhoods, in the city and the villages.

More information and a PDF file of the guideline can be found here.


2020 - 2040





Team & partners

Michiel Van Driessche
John De Groot
Elan Redekop van der Meulen
Cherk Ga Leung
Shuangyun Chen

Marco te Brömmelstroet

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