Trough co-creation we created solutions that improved Antwerp Airport's relation with the city and the neighbours. We presented 5 innovative concepts

The framework for this project was similar to the first workshop I created, called ‘Drone Interaction’. Both are part of a bigger project called ‘The Pop Up School’, initiated by Sint Lucas Antwerp. St Lucas asked me if I could oversee this big ass project. From defining the workshop criteria and goals, to structuring and organizing the workshop itself in collaboration with Nik Baerten, to finding students and a co-creation coach..

The workshop itself was coached by Nik Baerten, an expert in his field. Nik, me and the participants brainstormed for four days straight and afterwards presented our ideas to the Marketing Manager of Antwerp Airport. Below you can find a description of every idea. Every description is linked with a picture shown below.

The process

How, who, what

I was commissioned by St Lucas Antwerp to organisize, co-host and design a trajectory to teach students to think outside their field of expertise and learn to think about real world questions. Read the full story of the goals here. Axel Enthoven & Born in Antwerp knew a lot about the project we were doing and were excited to use the Pop Up School to tackle the problem of Antwerp Airport. The Ariport is situated in the middle of the city, but their relationship with the nabhours is very poor. They also face political pressure because of the ecological aspect. To talk about the requirements Axel Enthoven (Yellow IWndow), Thijs De Ceuster (Stad Antwerpen) and me visited the director and marketing director. They explained the many problems the Airports has and gave me enough information to make a good brief.

Axel Enthoven tells a story about hte airport


After finding students & finding a coach (Nik Baerten - Pantopicon) we kicked off the event with an introduction from Axel Enthoven. The goal was to think about how we can help Antwerp Airport integrate better within the neighbourhood and the community. A second big opportunity is that they are really close within the city centre. With my bike it took me max 15minutes.

Axel Enthoven briefs the students


As with the other workshop it was important to inspire the students. This time we achieved this trough skyping with a service designer that had a lot of expierience with airports. He helped design the Airport of Dubai.

A service designer tells his story to the students


An important part of this project was to talk with the residents surrounding Antwerp Airport. The students split into groups and walked around the aiprort to talk with the people. That way they discoverd what the real problems where so that it was easyer to find good, real solutions.

Students discovered the neighbourhood and talked to the residents


After researching the neighbourhood, it was time for a general briefing and brainstorming moment. With different brainstorming methods and under the lead of Nik Baerten from pantopicon, the students created a lot of ideas. These ideas would become more and more refined after some days. Finally we chose the best one and made a maquette of the aiport with the implementation of the new ideas.

Brainstorm time!

Final Steps

All the ideas were presented to Thijs de Ceuster from Born in antwerp and Caroline, the marketing manager of Antwerp Airport.

The presentation in the Born in Antwerp headquarter