Look from the road

Rik Goossens, Municipality of Enschede

“View of the Road”: 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, et cetera.

Over this one challenge
Nano-Challenge 3

Municipality of Enschede, Rik Goossens


To increase the quality of life in Enschede, the municipality wants to abolish (street) parking spaces within the center. The public space could then be used more for greenery, climate adaptation or recreation.

In the intermediate phase, parking spaces cannot be removed immediately, but we can temporarily use them differently. The assignment is to devise a flexible temporary (mobility) solution that can be applied to the space of a parking lot.

We paid attention to this in nano-challenge 3, resulting in a number of follow-up assignments. They are listed at the bottom of this page. Want to know more, or get started? Please contact us!



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.


On Thursday March 18, the six mixed teams were allowed to present their results to the client, Rik Goossens of the Municipality of Enschede. View the 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 in 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 is committed to sustainable and green use of parking spaces. By linking local entrepreneurs, local residents and the municipality, the empty spaces are filled, especially on the Kuipersdijk.




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


The solution directions that the various teams came up with were in addition to ideas that were already alive in the municipality itself. These thoughts mainly focus on mobility solutions. Of the suggestions made, there are two that we would like to follow up on:

One solution is that of team 1: how can we use parking spaces as an 'open-air museum'? The solution of team 6 (similar to that of team 4) also deserves follow-up: how can we find a striking and appealing way to use parking spaces as a place for parcel distribution?

Do you want to work with one of those two themes, or are you a teacher who wants to pay attention to it within an educational project? Please do not hesitate to contact us so that we can discuss how you can contribute to this issue.