Charlot Schans

Urban Sociologist with STIPO, Amsterdam

Charlot Schans (1987) is urban sociologist and advisor at STIPO. She is involved in the development of the European Placemaking Network and The City at Eye Level.

STIPO is an interdisciplinary team for urban development and placemaking. STIPO offers an open window to a better city. We work on area development, city wide strategies, social innovation, the city at eye level and placemaking. We work for cities, communities and civic initiatives, private developers, NGOs and knowledge institutes. We are based in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Stockholm and Thessaloniki. Within Europe, we are co-founder the European Placemaking Network, and of the network re:Kreators.

The City at Eye Level is a worldwide program for improving cities, streets and places. We let buildings contribute to the quality of public space with their ground floors (the city at eye level). We turn streets, plazas and areas into places where people feel at home and want to stay (placemaking). With local communities, we develop and implement strategies for human scale in cities, area development, streets and plazas (co-creation). The method combines use, design and organisation (software, hardware and orgware).

With knowledge as a fundament, we help cities and their partners to develop strategies to create and improve their own great City at Eye Level. We share our knowledge open source, online and through the City at Eye Level books.

Twitter: @CharlotSchans
Example Lecture:

After the conference, Charlot and Hans were kind enough to prepare an ‘8 Actions to Get the Cogswell Interchange from Adequate to Extraordinary’ document based on the conversations at Art of City Building and their experience in Halifax. Thank you to Charlot and Hans for continuing the inspiring conversations and offering this valuable perspective. This is worth reading and offers valuable perspectives on city building we were seeking through the AoCB conversations.