ESTER VAN DE WIEL
Ester van de Wiel (Rotterdam, NL) works as curator and designer of public space. She investigates, designs and tests public space in cooperation with both professionals and amateurs who are involved with or affected by public space (architects, landscapers, farmers, collectors, artists and ecologists). The scale of such projects ranges from small to large (from public dress to master plan); their scope ranges from research all the way to realization, from book to completed construction. As a curator she was the initiator, of the Sunday Adventure Club, a temporary association of ‘urban pioneers’ who, on their own initiative, put locations to temporary use as breathing spaces in the otherwise tightly knit urban grid: unused plots of land, culs-de-sac and unused corners of squares. In projects such as Eetbaar Landschap, NU HIER, Werkplaats Buijtenland and deTuinfabriek Ester further develops and tests programs for in-between spaces and times. Her aim is to create places that, quoting John Cage, ‘work so well that we can run wild in them’. Ester van de Wiel teaches at the Design Academy Eindhoven in the department Public – Private.