place/making

Stefan Göllner is a Berlin based designer and founder of place/making. He studied landscape planning and communication design in Berlin and Düsseldorf, since 2007 he worked for public and private institutions in European and national innovation and research projects at Academy of Media Arts Cologne, University of the Arts Berlin and Telekom Laboratories / TU-Berlin and Grassroots A&R. His past work was situated in the context of community mapping, user generated content, design for demographic change, smart cities. He lead workshops in the fields of design research and innovation development. His overall interest is in creating design-driven solutions that match today´s global challenges with the peoples´ needs on site, driven by participatory approaches and public engagement.

Jan Lindenberg is a designer and founder of urbanist collective place/making. He is a research associate at IIDj, Institute for Information Design Japan in Tokyo. Having a background in computer engineering and interaction design, his interests are in the intersection of participatory design, information and communication technologies in the context of community design and urban planning. He has organized participatory design workshops and projects in India, Korea, Japan and Germany, with a focus on community mapping and creative forms of public engagement. His research interests are in the field of web- mapping, participatory GIS and public sensing with a special consideration of user experience, aesthetics and narrative factors to facilitate more sustainable and resilient communities.

Christian Dimmer is Assistant-Professor for Urbanism & Urban Studies at the University of Tokyo. Christian earned his PhD from the University of Tokyo with his dissertation ‘[Re]negotiating Public Space: a Historical Critique of Modern Public Space in Metropolitan Japan’. As a JSPS post-doctoral fellow he worked on the ‘politics and contestations of public space’ as well as on ‘urban movements’ at the Interfaculty Initiative in Information Studies, University of Tokyo. He has also collaborated with architectural firms such as Arata Isozaki & Associates, and property developers like Mitsubishi Estate Inc. and is co-founder of the Tokyo-based architectural practice Frontoffice. He is co-founder of the Tokyo chapter of the charitable disaster response organisation Architecture For Humanity as well as the Tohoku Planning Forum, which facilitates the exchange of innovative ideas for rebuilding resilient, adaptable communities in Japan’s disaster-hit and ageing North-East. Christian also teaches courses on sustainable urbanism, theories of public space, global urbanism and planning theory at Waseda University’s School of Liberal Studies (SILS) and at Sophia University.