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Reshaping public spaces

Laurens Kolks' work focusses on spatial design projects that explore possibilities for reshaping public spaces. Important points of departure are the Dutch urge for planning and the manufacturability of spatial experiences: design as a means for changing the perception of one's environment.

Laurens considers himself a topophil, where topophilia is understood as the love of places and their particularities. Therefore, his work consists primarily of unique, site-specific designs and installations with a temporary or permanent character. The scale of the designs ranges from furniture and set designs to complete interiors and buildings.

Laurens holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Industrial Design from Design Academy Eindhoven (1999), and a Master of Science degree in Sociology from Erasmus University Rotterdam (2018, cum laude). He is a teacher at St. Joost School of Art & Design.

Laurens is a PhD researcher at Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences, Erasmus University Rotterdam. His research investigates how various design practices – through the design of objects, environments, systems and services – partake in the entanglement of the social and the material to articulate public issues. Regarding the involvement of design practices with public and moral issues, his research intends to gain insight into how various design approaches contribute to the engagement of publics with collective concerns.

de Terp van Leidschenveen

the Hague, 2009

Publishing in Public Spaces

Breda, 2019

Smart City Souvenirs

2nd prize, Show Us The Data 2017

Roadside Communicator

Breda, 2018

Private Investigations

Maarsseveen, 2017

Garden Studio

Rotterdam, 2019

Service Station

Rheine, 2014

the Weathermen's Country Club

Ambt Delden, 2012

Private Investigations

Budapest, 2011

Plus

Wijchen, 2008

Hermit House

Rotterdam, 2010

Poldertango

Amsterdam, 2008

Gently Responsive

Helsinki, 2007

Resonating Spaces

Amsterdam, 2007

Trespassers

Tilburg, 2009

Abandoned Route / Wasted Space

Schalkhaar, 2006

Phantomgarten

Ahaus, 2005

Waiting Room

Tull en 't Waal, 2002

Wildlife Observation Hut

Rotterdam, 2002

Nomadic Restaurant

Goor, 2006

Furniture for Man and Dog

1999 - 2006

an Aviary for Delden

Delden, 2001

Football Pitch

Rotterdam, 2002

Growing Old Together

2003

the Imploding City

the Hague, 1998


Works

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de Terp van Leidschenveen

the Hague, 2009

Publishing in Public Spaces #2

Breda, 2019

Smart City Souvenirs

2017

the Weathermen's Country Club

Ambt Delden, 2012

Private Investigations

Maarsseveen, 2017

Plus

Wijchen, 2008

Hermit House

Rotterdam, 2010

Poldertango

Amsterdam, 2008

Waiting Room

Tull en 't Waal, 2002

Furniture for Man and Dog

1999 - 2006

the Anneville Incident

Eindhoven, 2015

Wildlife Observation Hut

Rotterdam, 2002