City Circles is a multidisciplinary research tool based on a circle with a diameter of one kilometer. The project aims to unlock fresh perspectives and ways of looking at cities. A group of explorers – designers and researchers – delve into a number of topics within this area. They search for a way to give shape to the complexity of this urban biotope. The City Circle projects that they develop, will give a more comprehensive overview of their findings. This can take many forms. Some come up with a research project, other develop products or find new ways to make use of the space. Afterwards, the students’ projects are presented at the center of the circle during an event. So far, City Circles has taken place in Athens, Madrid and Istanbul. A new one is on its way.
As a bottom-up system of unraveling part of the city, the tool aims to uncover that which is often overlooked. To make the invisible visible and the mundane become insightful. Even locals, those most familiar with the area, should be surprised by the findings. It is the project’s intent to create an awareness, to provide people with a new oblique way of viewing urban settings, as well as that specific circle.
The concept of City Circles was started by KETTER&CO to improve social and urban spaces. We bring parties together from different disciplines and backgrounds. City Circles fits into this tradition. The group has a strong link to the Design Academy Eindhoven (DAE), where Irene Fortuyn is the head of a department.