Artist: Jan Konings

Jan Konings (The Netherlands 1966) primarily focuses on creating alternative approaches to organising public space because he believes that it functions less and less well as a result of increasing regulations and privatisation. Konings works at the cutting edge of urban design, landscape, art, ecology and design, and investigates ways of improving and enlivening the social cohesion of public space with (minor) changes or additions, prompting more involvement by people in their surroundings.

Previous works include designing a park from a former refuse tip in Haarlem and a meeting place for youngsters in a new housing estate in The Hague. He is also the initiator and driving force behind Hotel Transvaal, a hotel spread throughout the refurbished Transvaal neighbourhood in The Hague. Hotel Transvaal makes use of the interspaces that arise when a neighbourhood is changed: in buildings designated for demolition, in as-yet unsold spaces in new buildings, on fallow ground, and of spaces provided by local residents who have organised one-to-five star accommodation in their homes.

Project: Jan Konings