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Public Realm Design

Public Realm Design

Chelsea College of Arts
Taught by
Jonas Von Stedingk


Join Public Realm Design and through a series of practical exercises, you will look at the design of elements for the public realm, how they inevitably interact with the character of their surroundings and how we can use them to create a sense of place.

You will look at elements such as benches, lighting columns, shelters and drinking fountains - destined to fit within architecturally considered environments.

The course will centre on the design of pieces for public outdoor spaces, but can also apply to airports, hotels or even private spaces. Particular emphasis will be placed on the importance of exploring relevant cultural drivers to inform the design process.

You will also have the opportunity to gain invaluable insights from real life case studies. User experience of public space elements will also be discussed as you progress and refine your designs.

Topic Covered
  • Case studies - public spaces
  • Identify a public space, park, street or plaza to design a piece of furnishing
  • Identify a furnishing eg. a bench, shading, litter bin, lighting, bus stop shelter
  • Research of the drivers - cultural, ethnographic, ergonomic, manufacture 
  • Development of design ideas with tutorial support.  
  • Presentation content and formats
  • Finalise design concepts
  • Prepare presentations
Course Outcomes
You will have gained a foundation of the relevant criteria involved when approaching the design of elements for public or outdoor spaces; whether urban streetscapes, parks, plazas or even private areas.  A design element will be produced as an exercise in applying the principles learnt. You may also chose to incorporate this into your existing portfolio, showing a capability to translate cultural cues into contemporary design.
Who Should Attend
This course can benefit aspiring, intermediate and practicing 3D designers who wish to gain experience and understanding in how to design objects for an urban or public space. It also will also benefit those who are looking to practice 3D design in any area, as an exercise in integration of contextual drivers into their work.
Course Level
All Levels Welcome

View PDF to explore progression: Interior Design: Your Journey [2938kb]

Tutor Description

Jonas von Stedingk is a Swedish-born Industrial Designer who has worked and lived on four continents and is fluent in four languages. Jonas worked as a project leader at the industrial design department for Grimshaw Architects, between 2001 and 2008 and now works independently and collaboratively.

His work has received many awards including the New York City Art Commission and Red Dot Award. Jonas has integrated teams within the demanding large - scale architectural environment - as well as working independently - covering areas as distinct as street furniture, giant wind turbines, small switches, sophisticated office systems, user interface, visual identity, communication, innovation consultancy, R&D user experience guidance, as well as assisting in architectural master planning. Jonas has successfully led the design of the New York City bus shelters, installing 3300 across the city, as well the full suite of street furniture for the prestigious Downtown Doha project.


Please bring the following materials with you on the first day:

  • Sketch book
  • Pens and pencils
Please note that most materials needed for the short courses are available at the Chelsea College of Arts' Art Shop. Please contact the Art Shop directly for opening hours and availability.

Available dates