Architect and teacher, Founder of MakeSpace4Play
Renet Korthals Altes (The Netherlands, 1977) is a child centered designer, consultant and trainer. Her education is dual: bachelor & masters in architecture (Technical University Delft) and Pedagogical Academy for primary schools. She has fifteen years of experience as a playground designer, in a wide variety of (inter)national contexts.
In The Netherlands her work varies: upgrading & greening schoolyards, inclusive play spaces at special needs schools or in public space, community spaces to play & meet in parks or urban environments.
Her international projects are very diverse, but have the same goal: enabling children to advocate for their right to play, and to take action for it. Ranging from neighborhood or school participatory projects, community workshops creating spaces to play, from co-construction sessions for students, to presentations, lectures and trainings for architects.
Her projects have been founded by municipalities, schools or organizations like UNHCR, UNwomen, Terre des Hommes. was one of the winning initiatives in the innovation award for Urban Refugee Children from UNHCR, because of her approach with strong participation, co-design and co-construction. Renet enables a community to create their own play&meeting spaces: together they MAKE SPACE FOR PLAY.,