The readership’s objective is to reinforce the knowledge base of teaching design in the domain of public space and develop design research at Design Academy Eindhoven (DAE). The Lectoraat is attached to the department of Man and Public Space. This department’s work field comprises public space and the public domain: the environment where the ‘I’ meets the other.

Reader (lector): dr. David Hamers.

Design education and design research
The readership in City and Countryside aims to introduce knowledge from spatial research (empiricism, theory, concepts, methods, backgrounds, et cetera) in design education. Such knowledge will help public space designers to position themselves in the social context in which they operate, the context of urban planning and development, and that of policy making. Furthermore, the readership aims to develop academic design research at Design Academy Eindhoven. The central approach is so-called thinking-through-making.

The curriculum focuses on a range of concepts, skills and methods including:

  •  concepts of spatial planning;
  •  design traditions;
  •  current planning and design challenges;
  •  the representation of spaces, places, and connections;
  •  the relationship between town and country;
  •  the relationships between the various disciplines in spatial research and design;
  •  research skills that can be used in the design process (research for design);
  •  design skills that can contribute to (design) research (research through design).

The focal point within the readership is teaching in the department of Man and Public Space . David Hamers’ activities include giving lectures and workshops, inviting guest teachers, organising field trips and supervising graduate students. Hamers’ DAE-wide contribution to teaching includes giving lectures open to students from all departments. Furthermore, the City and Countryside readership activities take place outside the academy as well, for instance in the shape of lectures and debates on spatial issues within the Eindhoven region and beyond.

Readership Strategic Creativity/CRISP
David Hamers works with Bas Raijmakers (reader in Strategic Creativity ) to help shape the development of design research within DAE. Hamers coaches/supervises DAE’s design researchers Maartje van Gestel and Heather Daam in the CRISP /Grey but Mobile  project and contributes to the Design Research Space  on this subject (empathic design research regarding enhanced care service through improved mobility for elderly people).


David Hamers also collaborates with five international partners in the TRADERS project.
TRADERS - Short for ‘Training art and design researchers in participation for public space’ – is a European FP7/Marie Curie Multi-ITN project focusing on developing and testing a methodological framework on which art and design (A&D) researchers can rely when working on public space projects in participatory ways.

Art and design researchers can contribute in interesting ways to engaging citizens, policy makers, private partners and other participants to participate in public space (issues). The methods of doing so are, however, underexplored. Therefore, TRADERS researches the ways in which art and design researchers can ‘trade’ or exchange with multiple participants and disciplines in public space projects and – at the same time – trains them in doing so.



David Hamers’ biography in a nutshell
Dr. David Hamers is a spatial researcher.
He was trained as a cultural theorist and economist.
In 2003, he obtained his doctorate at Maastricht University’s department of Philosophy, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences with a 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 (Planbureau voor de Leefomgeving) in The Hague.
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, Hamers works with spatial designers and artists. Since 2009 he has been a reader (lector) for City and Countryside at Design Academy Eindhoven’s department of Man and Public Space.