The Living Lab
In the creative neighbourhood of Coehoorn, the Netherlands, the Collective Private Contractor Cohousing Arnhem (CPC) is constructing an apartment complex. This development features a variety of homes for single individuals, couples, and families. The CPC is seeking to connect with the neighbourhood and exploring the potential of technology to enhance the semi-public outdoor space surrounding the complex. By creating a dynamic ‘fouth place’, can social interactions be facilitated between CPC residents and other vulnerable neighbourhood residents? They aim to design an interactive outdoor space that fits the DNA of the neighbourhood, with features such as seating that changes colour when occupied, wall projections depicting the history of the area, playful elements, and interactive triggers such as bird sounds or illuminated tiles, and a multi-functional outdoor kitchen. Cohousing Arnhem and the Architecture in Health (AiH) Lectorate are jointly conducting the project, “The Art of Connection”, to address this question.
The development of an interactive (outdoor) space that promotes social interaction between CPC residents and the neighborhood.
A secondary objective of the co-creation process in which neighborhood residents and other local stakeholders are actively involved is to form a learning community that increases the likelihood of a successful (sustainable) intervention.
The research focuses on the development of an interactive (outdoor) space that aims to promote social interaction between residents of the Coehoorn neighbourhood in Arnhem. In co-creation with residents and stakeholders, the CPC develops a prototype of an interactive outdoor space in an iterative process. The HAN University of Applied Sciences evaluates this pilot through a pilot study using big data, observations, interviews, and expert meetings.
The outcome so far
Based on an exploratory needs assessment among future residents and other stakeholders, guiding requirements and wishes were formulated and 8 personas were established. An interactive meeting with stakeholders started the creative process of designing interactive outdoor spaces. A ‘design letter’ is currently being drafted, serving as the starting point for solution-designs that Fillip Studios will create in co-creation with the different target groups. Conversations are taking place with all partners to pool all expertise for this project.