Lisa recently graduated from TU Delft, where she followed the Masters programme Design for Interaction. Embassy of Youth was her graduation project. In this project, she spent a lot of time getting to know the people she was designing for. To her, this is a very important part of the design process. The stories they shared were the biggest inspiration for her design.
Door Lisa van de Merwe
Master Design for Interaction (TU Delft)
Feijenoord is a neighborhood in Rotterdam, facing problems such as poverty and crime. Crime and nuisance are often assumed to be caused by local teenagers who hang out on the streets. This project investigated whether this is true, or if there is more to it. This led to the desire to get to know the teenagers better, to listen to their stories and to understand their perspectives. This was done through many interviews and workshops with local teenagers and youth workers.