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What if Lab: wellbeing in the city


How can we work, meet and rest outside more?
BODYSCAPE aims to stimulate this through interventions in the landscape of our parks and online.

BODYSCAPE to meet outside - experiment #13 — © Marielle van Uitert

Being outside is healthy and enjoyable. And we can be connected everywhere nowadays. Yet how many of all the hours that we work, rest or meet, do we actually spend outside? Designer Rombout Frieling shows we can be outside much more if we place ourselves in ways other than sitting on benches.

Field Research. Literally.

Apart from playgrounds and sport sites, it is not easy to find places outdoors which have been designed for the activities that we do most of the day.

In - literally - field research, designer Rombout Frieling created experimental interventions, which attracted people to go outside to work, meet and rest. He discovered that we can be outside much more if we position ourselves cleverly.

For instance, it turned out that we can work perfectly well on a laptop screen, even when enjoying the sun, as long as we face the right direction towards the sun. Also, we can cosily watch a movie together in the grass without cramps, if we have a mirror. And we can even do a presentation outside if we find a dark background.

BODYSCAPE is a proposal to design the landscape of our parks in such a way that it gives a richness of possibilities to work, meet and rest, by cleverly making use of relief and vegetation.

Online helps us to overcome the barriers on the way out.

Are you ready to go outside?

About Rombout Frieling

From bus stations to timber homes and vertical walking:
Rombout creates environments that seduce us to behave more intelligently.
With a multidisciplinary, bodily approach full of prototyping, he comes to unconventional insights which he turns into novel implementations.

making matter move man

BODYSCAPE impression — © Rombout Frieling lab

BODYSCAPE to meet outside - experiment #13 — © Rombout Frieling lab

BODYSCAPE impression — © Rombout Frieling lab

BODYSCAPE experiments