In 2021, Pakhuis de Zwijger’s extensive two-year activity programme Designing Cities For All of Us (DCFAOU) will commence with the support of the Creative Industries Fund NL. In the context of the super-diverse city, how can designers contribute to the creation of inclusive cities for, and by everyone? ‘Cities of Belonging’, as we would call them, cities in which everyone feels and is allowed to feel at home. Not only in a spatial sense but also concerning the digital domain and relating to the design of our public systems, services, and products.

About Lyongo Juliana

Next to many designers, scientists, experts, educational institutions, and other involved partners, we will dive into the matter of (re)designing inclusive cities together with a total of six Fellows that we invited to our Fellowship programme. We will kick off with Amsterdam-based architect Lyongo Juliana, director Caribbean Region at OZ architect! Our DCFAOU Fellow Lyongo handpicked a must-read book for students and young designers-to-be. Meet peers and gain wisdom – read along with our book club to discover a more complete understanding of the world!

About the book: Soft City by David Sim

David Sim is Creative Director at Danish urban design consultancy Gehl , which addresses global trends with a people-focused approach. The last couple of decades David has championed people-first urban strategies and design work worldwide, making him a leading authority in the push for more equitable, healthy, and sustainable urban environments. Soft City: Building Density forEveryday Life is the story of how to build denser and more diverse places that enhances the everyday life of people. An antidote to the increasing complexity of urban life, the book showcases grounded principles and solutions that combine to create a livable neighbourhood and vibrant public life.

Apply for the DCFAOU Student Book Club

Join us for our Student Book Club! We will select a group of 15 young designers-to-be/students who are working towards making cities more fair and inclusive. Each one of you will be gifted a hardcopy edition of Soft City for you to keep (we can provide an e-book edition for blind and partially sighted students, please let us know in your application).

Open for entries → Monday, January 21, 2021
Submissions Deadline → Sunday, February 7, 2021


We will gather (online via Zoom) somewhere in week 8 for an introduction with Lyongo Juliana and in week 12 to review the book together with David Sim himself!

In case you want to learn more about Designing Cities for All of Us, you can take a look at the Activity Programme 2021-2022. Also, take a look at this Livecast and hear Lyongo talk about what ‘designing for all of us’ means to him.

Samengesteld door
Dymphie Braun
Programmamaker Creatieve Industrie & Head of Programme Designing Cities for All