on the move

2017 – currently


Rotterdam, the Netherlands

Janneke Derksen

in collaboration with

Gerjan Streng

I have a keen fascination for unnamed public spaces, spaces we don’t life in but occupy for a short amound of time.  How will those places transform within the different developments. I have been able to convert my own method into a strategic research that shows that a design can grow and develop within the time. My work offer a tool to design the movable public space of tomorrow!

’On the Move’’ is a 15 year-long strategic design and research project that explores the highway and ‘verzorgingsplaatsen' (restplaces, service - and gas stations) by interventions as an investigation on it’s hidden qualities. This movable public space is more then only a system. My proposal ranges from small additions and alterations to interventions of ‘verzorgingsplaatsen’ to prompt or force a long-term strategic change. ‘’On the Move’’ doesn’t show a final result, it is just the beginning..

Derksen, Janneke_1_picturebyEric de Vrie

You are invited to think about the future of our highway with Janneke Derksen during Dutch Design Week 2018 at Sectie-C

9th of October 2018 The Hague – Strategic landscape designer, Janneke Derksen (26yr.), illustrates the moving public space of tomorrow with her graduation project ‘On the move’. She developed her own way of research and design; visual and together with end users and experts. During the upcoming edition of the Dutch Design Week (DDW) in Eindhoven she will show her 3-meters long sketch of the Dutch highway A12 and let it grow with new ideas from the public.


Janneke Derksen is a real dreamer. Her dream is to organise the first Dutch highway festival in 2020 and to realise a new type of ‘verzorgingsplaats’ near the highway in 15 years. The highway always fascinated her and according to Janneke; “The highway is more than a network which moves us from A to B”.


With her project ‘On the move’ she turned her fascination for the highway into a long term design- and research project that put new light on the traditional ‘verzorgingsplaatsen’. The giant drawing shows many ideas for improvement; from a standard picnic table that turns into a temporary living room of the parking area to try outs with the parking grid of trucks that gives an opportunity to use the spaces created by the trucks in a different, more social, way.  The design will grow during the DDW by the input of the visitors.