The workshop will be attended by students from a selected series of different faculties at Hasselt University and PXL University college in a study that develops on analytical mapping work already initiated in the area of the city’s Sint-Katarinaplein, introducing and developing on the theme of the related topics of Design for All and Strategic Design, in a process that forges a dialogue between the city, its administrators, social partner organisations and students. This experience will comprise three seamlessly connected stages:

  1. a first phase, comprising the introductory day
  2. a second full-immersion phase of two days
  3. a third phase of one conclusive day


Expected results


For the students:

The students learn to work in an interdisciplinary environment and in contact with the real world, with all the practical limitations this entails. They dialogue with real people, learning that “the general public” often espouses conflicting views and aspirations: their task is to reconcile these aspirations with reality, while always keeping the issue of inclusion of human diversity uppermost in their minds.

The students will also reflect on all current and potential plans that impact on the area of direct interest and its environs, so as to factor their execution into their proposals, while also making suggestions for low- or zero-cost alterations to existing work programmes, such as for regular ordinary maintenance.

To do this, they will make practical applications of design methods to analyse conflicting situations of reality and aspirations and suggest solutions that may be both traditional and innovative, including appropriate and correctly-scaled applications of targeted IT methods (e.g. app development, social media).


For the city:

The workshop aims to consolidate familiarity with a method that can be reiterated in all parts of the city, using a fresh approach to analysing the challenges that arise as a city and its constituent neighbourhoods age, develop, alter their destination of use, change their multiple demographic profiles and so on.

The purpose of this workshop is not so much to provide a tangible solution for one area of the city (although it does expect to provide suggestions and indicators that may be of use to the city’s decision-makers and administrators in reappraising the area in question), as to furnish a blueprint of method that can be applied under widely different circumstances: roadmapping towards the inclusive city of the (near) future.

The roadmapping proposed, as opposed to conventional planning, entails projecting plans towards a hypothetical target in the future (which may be set most suitably at 10, 20, 50 years, according to the situation under study) and then reviewing those plans on a regular basis in the light of the macro and micro changes that take place constantly in an ever-changing world. The effect is to make practical use of a constant flow of data collection for the purpose of keeping the plan fine-tuned to reality, in an approach that translates the concept of Smart City into a tangible improvement for the citizenry.



Invited jury members:

  • Mayor of Hasselt 
  • Jan Olbrycht, EU commissioner
  • Madame Marthe Monard - City architect of Hasselt
  • Iris Van den Bossche - coordinator of the office of diversity, international solidarity and accessibility at the city of Hasselt

  • Koen Knevels - city of Hasselt, director of the "woonwinkel" (Housing shop)

  • Paul Martens, chair of UD Living Lab Hasselt and director of research at PXL University College

  • Wendy Metten, director of INTER Flanders
  • Rob Cuyvers, Dean of the Faculty of Architecture and Arts, Hasselt University
  • Hubert Froyen, Em. Professor in Universal Design at Hasselt University



Day 1 Monday October 10th 2016

  • 9:00-12:30  Welcome and introduction of the workshop
  • 12:30-13:30 lunch
  • 13:30-17:00 Symposium Designing for More CITIES
  • 17:30-18:00 reflection upon day 1

Day 2 Tuesday October 11th 2016

  • 9:00-12:30 workshop
  • 12:30-13:30 lunch
  • 13:30-17:00 workshop
  • 17:30-18:00 reflection upon day 2

Day 3 Wednesday October 12th 2016    

  • 9:00-12:30 workshop
  • 12:30-13:30 lunch
  • 13:30-17:00 workshop
  • 17:30-18:00 reflection upon day 3

Day 4 Thursday October 13th 2016

  • 9:00-12:30 preparation presentation
  • 12:30-13:30 lunch
  • 13:30-16:00 finalisation presentation and models
  • 16:00-16:15 welcome and introduction of the workshop by Pete Kercher (closing session)
  • 16:15-17:15 presentation of the students to the city of Hasselt and invited jury members
  • 17:15-18:00 closing remarks and lecture by Jésus Hernandez Galan (SP), Fundacion Once
  • 17:45-18:15 reception




Hasselt University, Martelarenlaan 42, 3500 Hasselt, Oude gevangenis: Groene zaal OG B1.1