Public Lecture on Public – Private – Parochial: Analysis and design of spaces and domains in contemporary cities by David Hamers


The interplay between public, parochial and private domains enable us to understand and use our urban environment. All three domains help us to spatially and socially organise our daily lives, both by facilitating and by limiting certain types of behaviour in certain circumstances. In this lecture David Hamers will discuss the way these domains are defined in spatial and social disciplines. He will show how our spatial surroundings and our daily routines in reality do not match with the clear academic definitions, and he will give examples of important current developments.

About the Speaker

Dr. David Hamers
Reader Places and Traces,
Design Academy Eindhoven

Dr. David Hamers is a spatial researcher. He was trained as a cultural theorist and economist, and in 2003, he obtained his doctorate at Maastricht University’s department of Philosophy, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences with research into representations of the American suburb. Since then, Hamers has been working as a researcher in the field of urbanisation. He is a senior researcher for Urban Areas at PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency in The Hague, the Netherlands. His publications mainly deal with the development, design, and use of space within and around the city. In addition to his work as a researcher, he works with spatial designers and artists. Since 2009 he has been a reader/professor in Places and Traces (former readership City and Countryside) at Design Academy Eindhoven.


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