VISION & MISSION
Ndvr (short for ‘endeavour’, meaning exploring, discovering, …) combines expertise in architecture, urban/spatial planning and social geography in one office with a clear mission. Ndvr puts this expertise to use to create more social value in spatial projects. Ndvr advises, guides and supports architects, project developers and governments to exploit the full social potential of spatial projects and to create an understanding of complex spatial matters.
In spatial development projects there is often a lack of time to explore and address the full potential of a place. For instance thorough research on how a project can positively contribute to the wellbeing, inclusion and quality of life of local residents, enterprises, organizations, and other local stakeholders, is often missing.
That is precisely the reason why ndvr conducts proactive socio-spatial research in urban environments; to build knowledge on and involve its residents and networks, dreams and concerns. Ndvr maps these dimensions and translates them into conditions and guidelines for the conception and design of a project or masterplan.
SOCIO-SPATIAL RESEARCH & DESIGN CONSULTANCY
Through socio-spatial research and an analysis of scenarios, ndvr explores the social potential of a spatial project. Based on this reseach ndvr suggests possible spatial interventions, conditions, design tools, and programs. Ndvr helps architects, urban planners, developers and governments by creating public support with a smooth process and socio-spatial value creation as a result.
(THEMATIC) RESEARCH AND ACTION
Ndvr also performs commissioned socio-spatial research focussing on specific themes, places or questions. For this research ndvr implements and coordinates inclusive socio-spatial processes and strategies. Therefor ndvr uses a wide range of developed methods and tools on the one hand, but also creates new tailored methods on the other hand.
TRAINING AND METHOD DEVELOPMENT
Based on their multi-local knowledge, ndvr gives lectures and design studios, and organizes workshops and trainings.
Unlike the conventional project approach with designers and planners being involved too late and only for a short time, ndvr is active in neighbourhoods in spatial transition for a long period of time to enable building knowledge and inclusion. Ndvr sees this long-term presence and engagement in neighbourhoods as a tipping point in the realization of qualitative socio-spatial projects. By being active in various neighbourhoods with spatial challenges, ndvr is building a multi local learning network that enables knowledge exchange.
Maarten Desmet is an architect and PhD researcher at TU Delft. He did an internship at the Ministry of Works and Human Settlement in Bhutan and published a book on the country’s development philosophy Gross National Happiness. Maarten is co-founder of the sustainability service For Good and board member at the University for the Common Good.
Tim Devos is engineer-architect and urban planner. After working as a researcher for ‘Steunpunt Ruimte & Wonen’ at the Department Urban planning & Architecture, he is currently a PhD researcher at the Social Geography Department at KU Leuven. He research focuses on the inclusion of unconventional stakeholders in planning.
Seppe De Blust is sociologist and urban planner. After working in between politics and policy, he was responsible for planning processes at the Antwerp architectural and urban planning office Stramien. Seppe is member of the international network of planners Urbego. In his PhD research at KU Leuven he focuses on spatial debate.