Look from the road

Rik Goossens, Municipality of Enschede

“Blik van de Weg”: The Municipality of Enschede wants to improve the quality of life in the city by reducing the amount of parking spaces in the city. Especially in the tight and busy inner streets in the center. A number of temporary solutions, such as removable decking boards, can already be installed during the transition period. The challenge is to find and develop new functions. Examples are the provision of bicycle racks, terraces, playgrounds or charging stations, etc.

Over this one challenge
Nano-Challenge 3

Municipality of Enschede, Rik Goossens


In order to increase the quality of life in Enschede, we want to close parking spaces in the center. The public space could then be used more for greenery, climate adaptation or recreation. In the intermediate phase we cannot immediately remove the parking spaces, but we can use them temporarily differently. The assignment is to come up with a flexible temporary (mobility) solution that we can apply to the space of a parking space.


On Thursday, February 18, the third nano-challenge “Blik van de Weg” started. Below you can see the presentation that Rik Goossens, from the Municipality of Enschede, gave about the purpose of this challenge.

Results / Progress

On Thursday, March 18, the 6 teams were allowed to present their results to the client, Rik Goossens of the Municipality of Enschede. View the individual results per team below.

Team 1 proposed to fill empty parking spaces with an Experience Factory. To offer an interactive and colorful experience to the visitors of the inner city.

Team 2 came up with the idea for an online platform to actively involve residents of Enschede in the creative use of parking spaces in their neighborhood.

Team 3 proposes, by means of co-creation, to fill the empty parking spaces in the city in a creative way. In this way, local residents are involved in the public spaces in their neighborhood.


Team 4 came up with a creative solution for the ever increasing parcel deliveries, by placing parcel and post points on empty parking spaces. In consultation with the municipality and the residents of the neighborhoods, it is determined where the parcel points will be placed and what they will look like.

Team 5 are committed to sustainable and green use of the parking spaces. The empty spaces are filled by linking local entrepreneurs, residents and the municipality.

Team 6 also came up with an innovative package point, concealed as colorful and interactive paving stones. The platform is supplied with energy by means of kinetic energy, generated by pedestrians.