Department of Spatial Planning and Environment, University of Groningen, the Netherlands
Throughout my RECOMS fellowship I will be exploring the transformation potential of radical civic initiatives and their interaction with traditional, formal modes of production in the city.
Formally trained in architecture, I explore the bottom up emergence of resilience in urban contexts and the responsive role of designers. Over the last 10 years my work has become increasingly focused on civic initiatives, both formal and informal, acting as a participant, community planning facilitator and researcher. Education and youth empowerment are also particular passions of mine in the effort to engender more socially just cities in the future. In this vein, I additionally trained as a secondary school teacher through which I have worked closely with particularly vulnerable communities over the past 5 years.