We love public space festival
Public Space is the mirror of society. It’s the place where we organise and perform our every-day
cultural exchange. We meet, eat, party, play, sport, demonstrate and clash in public space. But
the way we give form to these activities changes over time. That’s why public space is changing
With the ‘We Love Public Space’ Festival (WLPS) we celebrate public space and pay tribute to
everyone who is professionally involved in city making. The aim of the Festival is to establish
an open conversation about how city makers deal with present and future developments that
determine the design and use of public space.
The WLPS Festival is broad-orientated and freely accessible. An open and dynamic platform for
the exchange of knowledge and experience between city makers; from architect to artist, from
designer to urban planner.
The interdisciplinary team behind the WLPS festival consist of Bas Sala (designer, Studio Bas
Sala), Floor van Ditzhuyzen (architect, de Ontwerpwerkplaats) and Ron Blom (artist, Ron Blom
art and media). We share a fascination for public space; we love public space. Team WLPS is
representative for the various disciplines and divers views, approaches and strategies that are
featured at the Festival; for city makers, by city makers.
After the successful 1st edition in May 2017 the second edition (May/June 2018 in Rotterdam,
the Netherlands) is in preparation. The theme is ‘Tomorrow is Now’. We will discuss those developments
that are crucial for the future design and use of public space; the growing influence
of technology (Smart city), the need for creative solutions for the climate-resilient city and the
persistent crucial role of public space as a meeting place.
How do city makers deal with these trends? Which methods and strategies do they develop and
use to achieve their goals?
Click on the logo for the 2018 website