Maurice Harteveld


Today, the resilience of communities is increasingly highlighted in cases of returning hazards aeffecting everyday life next to those in cases of exceptionally devastating natural and man-made global disasters. Urban analyses on community resilience and translations of theory in actionable strategies are consequently informing everyday public spaces inside and outside buildings. We, designers of public spaces are thus challenged to design for resilience. Designing for resilience counterbalances designing for control, making vital and vulnerable places rigidly robust. Outcomes contrast designs like the enormous Venetian flood protection system MOSE, built on age-old ways to keep water out and secure cities alike the tiny temporary flood barriers for doors. As a relatively new moral value, designing for resilience is not innate to our professions and lacks such tradition. Luckily, examples emerge.


How to Cite
Harteveld, M. (2021) “Design for Resilience in the Everyday Space”, The Journal of Public Space, 6(2). doi: 10.32891/jps.v6i2.1624.
Author Biography

Maurice Harteveld, TU Delft

Maurice Harteveld has an uninterrupted focus on public space, particularly related to urban design and the architecture of the city. Although, at the current, this focus is shifting slowly to a more intercultural and interdisciplinary understanding of ‘human space’, this work is still adding to the reposition of design theory. Publications following his early work on ‘interior public space’ and ‘interior urbanism’ (since 2005) are awarding and can be seen as recognition. Whereas his current oeuvre, brings urban design back to its fundamental interdisciplinary nature; - in the overlap of cultural anthropology, social geography, and environmental psychology; - and in a non-structural way; bringing city and citizens together. In doing so, he specifically clarifies future challenges for designers, planners and policymakers, and he reframes histories from the questions we have today. He does this within the Delft Design for Values Institute, DIMI, and among others Leiden•Delft•Erasmus alliance. He also works at the Architects Registration Board of The Netherlands and he is a guest professor at various foreign universities.