You can't really say what is beautiful about a place, but the image of the place will remain vividly with you. Tadao Ando
  • Poo_David Dooghe

    David Dooghe works as a researcher, strategist and designer on urban development.

    Fascinated by the relation between humans and their surrounding, Dooghe’s projects combine different scales and time frames and are characterised by their strong connection with the spatial, cultural, social and economic context of where they occur.

    Questioning the context and understanding its working principles is the path to a sustainable project.

    For more information, click on the Project numbers:

    P36_Ownership / P35_Metro In Progress / P34_ JWR'dam /P33_Plug & Play / P32_Square Wim Saerens / P31_The New City Gates / P3o_Island Nijmegen-Lent / P29_World Port Days / P28_Water Garden / P27_the International Perspectives / P26_Economics of Beauty / P25_the Vibrant City / P24_CityGallery Cool / P23_Defining the Metropolis / P22_House DDR'dam / P21_Soundpiece @ Schouwburgplein / P2o_between Space and Place / P19_the top is within reach / P18_Transformation as Inspiration / P17_the Art of an Urban Culture / P16_Youth and the City / P15_IFF@R'dam / P14_We love to build / P13_the Rotterdam urban theatre / P12_Caribbean Summer @Afrikaanderwijk / P11_Festivalscity_Rotterdam / P1o_TimeLine R'dam / Po9_Moving East / Po8_Keep it, Green it, Live in it! / Po7_Morpho-Logic / Po6_Luik, Liege,Luttich / Po5_House FDU'sel / Po4_Shelter / Po3_New Alliances / Po2_Tria / Po1_Loft for Rent 

  • P22_House DDR'dam

    A design for an urban apartment in cultural centre of Rotterdam.

    The owner of the apartment has a busy life and wants his apartment therefor to have a light, open atmosphere, a place to relax and to come to ease.

    This L-shaped apartment therefor has a minimal of materials and colours. In the main open space objects are put which define different places. These objects are placed so the sunlight can fall deep into the apartment.

    Plywood has been used as the combining factor. The floor becomes a layer above the kitchenblock, becomes a part of the built-in closet and turns up the wall to become a desk.

    2o1o, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

  • P34_House JWR'dam

    A design for a two-story apartment with a garden, located just outside the centre of Rotterdam.

    The owner of this apartment wanted her house to have an open atmosphere, but at the same time the different spaces also had to have their own identity.

    The second floor is the living area of the house. Centre of the area is the kitchen block, which organises the different spaces. The wall in the back of the kitchen gives privacy to the staircase and to the toilet. The short wall at the right side of the kitchen has enough length to define the living room as a space, different than the kitchen area. As the owner loves to cook for friends, the opening between the entrance of the house and the kitchen block immediately welcomes the visitor to the kitchen and dining room. If needed, sliding doors can change the routing at this floor.

    The first floor is the private part of the house. Whereas on the second floor a closed block is the spatial organisation element, here an open space organises the different surrounding spaces.

    Due to former constructions in the house, hardly any of the original decorative details survived. In co-operation with the owner, who is a product designer with an interest for graphic design, a contemporary version of decorative details will be added to strengthen the identity of the different spaces.

    2o13, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

  • P21_Soundpiece @ Schouwburgplein

    Curating the sound gallery of the Schouwburgplein that reflects the cultural live of the city of Rotterdam.

    Since the NewCanvas©Poetry&Art, part of the 37 Poetry International Festival, there is a sound-installation, the Soundpiece, under the floor of the Schouwburgplein, Rotterdam. This installation was placed by the artists Jasper Niens, Kamiel Verschuren en Thijs Ewalts.

    By order of Rotterdam Festivals, the new owners of the installation, a strategy was made for a sustainable use of this installation. The Soundpiece has the ability to make the Schouwburgplein the urban cultural foyer of Rotterdam. By sound, the rich and divere cultural life of Rotterdam is spread in the public space.

    More information about the program / more information about the use of the Soundpiece/ to become a Facebookfriend.

    2oo9, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

  • P36_Ownership

    A research comparing the relation between urban development and ownership, by owners as well as users of the space, with casestudies in the Netherlands and Belgium.

    The Dutch Governance had, since World War II until recently, a direct involvement in urban development. Due to the crisis, the involvement of the Dutch governance decreased and, due to European policy, housing corporations sell parts of their property to the inhabitants. As a result, the Netherlands have to rethink their strategies to further develop their cities.

    In Belgium, the ownership among inhabitants has always been high. As a result, direct governance involvement has been impossible and the large scale urban development within in the existing city almost impossible.

    For the research the development of two districts, Oude Westen in Rotterdam and Universiteitsbuurt in Antwerp, are being compared. Who owns the ground and the buildings? What are the developments and what are the positions or roles of the different players? What are the impacts of these developments on the district? To what extend can both countries implement the other’s urban development strategy?

    This research is done in co-operation with Bureau Lofvers and is funded by the Creative Industries Fund.

    2o13, Rotterdam, the Netherlands, Antwerp, Belgium

  • P25_the Vibrant City

    Organising and leading a co-creation process between the youngsters of Rotterdam and different stakeholders in the city to accomplish projects concerning the creation of Rotterdam as a Vibrant City. 

    In 2oo9, a divers and motivated group of 15o Rotterdam youngsters, Rotterdamse Nieuwe, created a vision for the future development of Rotterdam. Together with different stakeholders (governmental and non-governmental), Rotterdamse Nieuwe now work on different projects to implement this vision into the development of Rotterdam.

    The vision is subdivided in different themes; Vibrant City is one of these themes. The goals of Vibrant City is to create more and/or better: _cultural research and development facilities for youngsters _diverse temporary use of empty spaces _cultural activities of, for and with youngsters _inviting public space for youngsters _affordable housing in the inner city for students and young people who want to buy their first house.

    As a member of the Young Economic Development Board Rotterdam David Dooghe was requested to direct Vibrant City.

    Related projects: P26_Economics of Beauty / P17_the Art of an Urban Culture / P16_Youth and the City

    2o1o, Rotterdam

  • P27_the International Perspectives

    A programme, which focuses on what urban functions of activities and facilities are important for Randstad Holland and consequently contribute to its international image.

    The International Perspectives (tIP) consist of a series of seven public lectures with inspiring international speakers, and seven private expert meetings, which displays inspiring examples of urban functions in the metropoles of the world. The series will take place from September 2o11 to March 2o12 and are organised around 7 themes: cultural clusters, knowledge clusters, flagship developments, self-organising city, social network city, international organisations and attractive city.

    tIP is organised in cooperation with the various universities in Randstad Holland. The tIP results will be input for the final debate and a publication, both planned for spring 2o12

    Related project: P23_Defining the Metropolis

    2o11, Randstad Holland, The Netherlands

  • DDR'dam @ Architectuur NL

    U14o211 _ P22
  • Work in progress JWR’dam

    U14o2o5 _ P34
  • DDR’dam @ Grote Kunstkalender


    David Dooghe was selected to contribute to the Grote Rotterdamse Kunstkalender 2o14 (Grand Rotterdam Art Calendar). This Calendar shows the work of a different contemporary Rotterdam artist, designer, graphic designer, fashion designer, photographer or architect every day.

    U14o11o _ P22
  • Soundpiece o9-13

    Since 2oo9, David Dooghe has been appointed as curator of Soundpiece, with the task to reinstall the sound installation and connect it to the cultural life of Rotterdam. Since that time, the installation got an Internet connection and an XLR plug-in point at the square, greatly enlarging its possibilities for use. Furthermore, many cultural institutions, festivals, sound artists or others used the installation. During the years the installation has become part of life on the square.

    Seeing the initial tasks as fulfilled, Dooghe’s curator tasks will be handed over to the association Verenigd Schouwburgplein, in which the cultural institutions and festivals surrounding the square are assembled. The association is responsible for the organisation of the events on the square, in which Soundpiece will continue to play an important role.

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    Sunday noon yoga session, organised by Concept Circus


    U131229 _ P21
  • Interview Kristiaan Borret


    In order to connect the research of ownership to practice, Kristiaan Borret, the City Architect of Antwerp, was interviewed. What is the relation between ownership and urban development in Antwerp?
    Due to the large private ownership in Flanders (70%) large-scale redevelopments in existing housing areas are out of the question. As a result, the Flemish cities have to use specific strategies to develop their districts by activating the private sector to invest in their city. At the scale of the city, the city as an attractive place to live in has to be promoted. At the scale of the district, the city can invest in specific public services or, in the case of Antwerp, (re)develop some houses or plots. At the scale of the neighbourhood, creating attractive public spaces is key. Next to spatial interventions, also policies or subsidies can support owners in the redevelopment of their propriety. However, most of these policies of subsidies are at the scale of Flanders and only have a little effect in the cities.

    U131225 _ P36
  • Crowd Force Rotterdam


    Crowd Force Rotterdam is an initiative of Rotterdamse Nieuwe that, by connecting people, goods and knowledge, brings supply and demand together. By doing so the city’s new economic power can push forward ideas and initiatives that will make Rotterdam a more vibrant city.
    Crowd Force Rotterdam first selects different initiatives that contribute to a more vibrant city. Rotterdamse Nieuwe organises ameeting in which these initiatives can pose 2 questions to the invited crowd with knowledge on community building, financing, marketing, social media, design or other. In small groups the crowd gives advice, opens their networks and make future appointments. Rotterdamse Nieuwe has the ambition to organise such an event every half year.
    Next to these lager events, Rotterdamse Nieuwe organises smaller expert meetings among the participating initiatives on specific topics. Furthermore, they use different communication canals (Gers, Vers Beton, RN Blog) to inform a broader public on these initiatives.

    U131215 _ P25