Can you tell a bit more about yourself, your background and your design practice?
Well, hi! I am Yosser, the founder of Bureau Ruimtekoers, where I work as director and programme maker. Once trained as a civil engineer, I switched to the creative sector. In 2020, I obtained a master’s degree from the Hogeschool voor de Kunsten in Utrecht. And founded Bureau Ruimtekoers.
With Bureau Ruimtekoers, we develop and organise all kinds of art, culture and design projects that involve people in collectively solving or engaging with social issues.
We work on the basis of design anthropology. A design approach to participatory design and social design with which we involve residents, policymakers and artists in future policy. And we use design anthropology as an artistic framework for participatory art projects. So we have used the design approach to create our own approach for all our projects in both the spatial and social domains.
And this is important because I see participation, or participating, as a prerequisite for an inclusive society, but not all forms of participation are accessible. As a result, privileged voices make policies and these policies do not match residents’ needs.