We take a fresh approach to local economies looking at how they can be built around specific places, their communities and their resources. We do this through developing shared visions, capacity building and  co-creation.

Studio workshop 2 (BE)

The Studio project has been running since July 2016 and the project partners have been slowly getting to know each other and find their place…

The Studio (BE)

In May 2016 – in collaboration with BYRRRH & Skate, Congres, Entrakt, Superlab* –  OSMOS bid on the temporary use of a 22,000sqm former pharmaceutical plant almost in…

Destiny’s Child

Time needed: 90-120 minutes. Participants: 5-8 per group. Materials  Pencils (1 per participant) Rubbers / erasers (1 per table) A5 post-cards on 300gsm paper (~3…

Studio C_____

During the Studio Workshop 2, we were trying to define the overall visual identity and some of the communication language for the Studio.  We decided to…

Light Farm

The massive amount of double glazing windows that cities like Brussels discard every year has already sparked our RELUX. The LIGHT FARM takes the idea of…

RELUX

Design and development of a modular glass kiosque from reclaimed double glazing Circular economy is about avoiding waste, often by imagining ways that allow resources…

Project-Environment Canvas

Time needed: 1-3 hours, depending on the level of research. Participants: 4-8 people per group, depending on the complexity of the topic. Overview The ‘Project-Environment Canvas’ a simple…

Laurens Van der Cruyssen

Growing up in Brussels in one of Europe’s most culturally diverse neighbourhoods, between Dutch and French, the grandson of butchers and entrepreneurs who lived for…

Eric in Nottingham

Eric Haas reflects on a trip to Nottingham for the “Resilient and Sustainable Cities Symposium’ and to visit the Trent Basin. Mid December 2016 I…

Priming the global mindset

As part of The Studio (BE), we successful gained support from the King Baudouin foundation* with the Urban Ecology Centre and WAUW* to research techniques for…

Book – “Bridges to Local Economies”

OSMOS’ first book is hot off the press!  Based on some five years of European research within the TURAS program on transitions, resilience and sustainability, “Bridges to Local Economies” is…

CONNECTING – H2020 innovation action

With an adieu to TURAS in September 2016, we have had the good fortune to be on the winning team of another large international consortium showcasing projects…

Eric Haas

Eric is a dynamic thinker, has an entrepreneurial spirit and loves team development based on collective value.  He is a keen listener, a diplomatic facilitator and impassioned communicator: qualities that make…

Organic waste and the circular economy

Dr Stephan Kampelmann‘s presentation at the TURaS “Collaborating Communities” workshop held in Dublin in September 2016.   Stephan discusses the issues and objectives of the…

A vision for Manziana (IT)

The Solfatara is a project that we have been developing since 2014 with local partners BIC Lazio and the Università Agraria di Manziana.  After extensive…

the poster

Time needed: 30 minutes- 3 hours, depending on the level of research. Participants: 4-8 people. Posters are a great way to sum up an issue.  It forces…

Collaborating communities (IE)

Convincing a crowd of planners, academics, municipal employees and a sample of community organisations from the Dublin region that there are meaningful and effective ways…

Eva-Maria Stumpp

Eva-Maria is a researcher and spatial planner,  working mainly on the urban-regional level with expertise in governance processes.  She seeks to connect expert and local knowledge…

The dialectic

Time needed: 60-90 minutes, depending on the level of discussion. Participants: 4-8 people per group, depending on the complexity of the topic. The richest part of an…

Back to the future.

Time needed: 30-90 minutes, depending on the level of research. Participants: 4-8 people per group, depending on the complexity of the topic. Emotions are a significant driver…

Stakeholders + the #CityMakers Summit (NL)

The 2016 City Makers Summit was headquartered in Amsterdam’s compound of creativity – Packhuis De Zwijger*.  On the final day of the event, OSMOS’s Adrian Hill gave…

Brussels Crown Barracks (BE)

OSMOS, helped Brussels University Alliance* – through support from the TURaS programme and partners Brussels Environment* and Bio Azul (ES)* – with their vision for the reconversion…

On temporary building use and ecology.

Cities are dynamic and complex places however over the last decade there has been an increasing emphasis on maximising use of space.  Temporary use and ‘access’ based…

Diego Luna Quintanilla

Diego is a designer and urban planner with a sharp eye for the politics of space. What distinguishes ‘place’ from ‘space’ is an invisible socio-cultural veneer – making…

Elena Maccioni

Elena is an EU policy specialist focusing on how high level policy hits the ground. Governance and policy is a messy tool – especially at a…

Tsukei Aviv Park (IL)

Tel Aviv is an intriguing place.  An epicentre for creativity and innovation.  A fusion of cultures.  A liberal island in a country juggling tension on almost…

Liana Simmons

Liana is a great teacher.  Patient, direct, open, dynamic, warm spirited and acutely sensitive of group dynamics.  She is a compassionate facilitator with a strong…

Circular Economy – what is in the way?

Public forum 5th April 2016, Brussels. Hosted by QED* policy platform and moderated by OSMOS’ Stephan Kampelmann. With the Circular Economy on many people’s lips…

Michael Kaethler

The focus of Michael’s work may come across as simple – what is or generates “meaning“.  Actually this is one of the fundamental driving factors behind…

Julia Hartmann

Julia bridges both an academic and practice sides of urban planning with experience across the world.  She draws on the capacity of residents to fashion their place –…

Why do we need Transversal Planning?

Urban regeneration projects are often a complex undertaking – complexity that people often take for granted. They often involve physical changes to buildings and neighbourhoods and related technical…

Solfatara di Manziana (IT)

Manziana is a town about an hour north-west of the Vatican on the FL3 train line just a whistle from the shores of Lake Bracciano.  The…

Management of urban green space.

Contemporary parks are often considered to be clean, green areas where one can go for a walk, meet others in a neutral place and escape from the confines of…

The new urban industry.

Can industry return to cities? If so, how will it be different from the past? Until the second half of the twentieth century many products…

Urban Ecology Centre BXL

The Urban Ecology Centre BXL is a non-profit and community based organisation that is closely connected to OSMOS: in spirit and in practice. Where OSMOS…

Janus the god of transitions

January – the Romans consecrated the new year to Janus. Janus the Roman god of time, gates, doors, beginnings, passages and transitions. He marked the beginning…

Hélène Rillaerts

Hélène is an urban planner with a background in architecture and urban scale sustainability.  She has a strong interest in local managing stakeholders  and years of experience…

Jan Forsmark

Jan is a real believer getting one’s hands dirty.  Over the last four decades he has worked in education, agriculture, energy, vision making and now transition…

Stakeholder based innovation in Malaga (ES)

A stakeholder workshop, hosted at the recently inaugurated Centre Pompidou in Malaga (ES).  The event consisted of some 30 participants from across Malaga’s business, academic,…

The Curatorial Method

Engagement of local actors and stakeholders in urban areas is increasingly considered a prime leverage point for transitions towards sustainability. In practice it is a field…

The quarries of Malaga (ES)

The hilly topography along the coast south of the touristic centre of Malaga lies a number of quarries that have either been abandoned or are in…

Stefan Doeblin

Stefan refers to himself as a ‘serial-entrepreneur’ who after many years leading businesses and projects in IT, communications and renewable energy is now  focusing on organic…

Sum of its parts

Time needed: ~1-1.5 hours. Participants: min 3-max 5 per group. The Solbosch university campus garden (Jardin des Semeurs) involved an experiment in designing a garden…

Solbosch “Jardin des Semeurs” (BE)

In a corner of the Université de Bruxelles’ Solbosch campus lies a vacant site where once one of the original university buildings stood but was demolished…

Parco Agricolo Casal del Marmo (IT)

The Site The site  contains deep layers of topsoil that have been cultivated over millennia – the soil is referred to as “terra romana” and…

Clementina Gentile

Clementina is a user experience designer, art lover and a visual communicator.  She applies design skills to people’s needs, business goals and technology (in the broadest sense of…

Penta-helix stakeholder management

The way stakeholders are engaged can make a great difference in how a project is developed, in how a problem is perceived and can distinguish between…

TURaS project

Many of the ideas, processes and tools that OSMOS uses have been developed by TURaS, a large-scale research programme on urban resilience and sustainability. TURaS…

Adrian Vickery Hill

Adrian is a researcher, designer and planner in the broadest sense.  He is interested in processes and tools for transversal planning: connecting economic, spatial and…

Stephan Kampelmann

Stephan is a social scientist with a PhD in economics. He has studied at the universities of Maastricht, Lille, Paris, Brussels and Berlin. He is…