My name is Naomi Bueno de Mesquita. I am currently a PhD candidate at KU Leuven. The research is concerned with the potentials of digital maps to uncover and represent social phenomena. Self-designed map apps are examined as heuristic tools for researchers to engage with spatial theory and as an enabling tool for citizens to engage with public (space) issues.

I hold a B.Des. (cum laude) from Gerrit Rietveld Academy (Amsterdam) in the field of Architectural design and a Master in Design, Art and Public Space from Pompeu Fabra University (Barcelona).

I have lived in different countries for large periods of my life and am currently based in Barcelona, where I also teach at two different universities.


The research formed part of the European research program TRADERS. From February 2014 until February 2017 I was a Marie-Curie research fellow for the TRADERS program (tr-aders.eu) at Design Academy Eindhoven (NL). Five art and design researchers and one sociological researcher tested and developed methods on which art and design researchers can rely when working on public space projects in participatory ways. Affiliated with six European universities/art and design schools (LUCA School of Arts (B), Royal College of Art (UK), Design Academy Eindhoven (NL), University of Gothenburg (S), Chalmers University of Technology (S) and KU Leuven (B), each researcher investigated a different method, that is: multiple performative mapping, intervention, modelling in dialogue, data mining and play. The researchers also investigated how these methods fit into a larger methodological framework that can guide future artists and designers (or researchers and practitioners in other disciplines) to work in participatory and public space contexts. 

Art and design researchers can contribute in interesting ways to engaging citizens, policy makers, private partners and other participants to participate in public space (issues). The methods of doing so are, however, underexplored. Therefore, the FP7, Marie Curie Multi-ITN project TRADERS (short for ‘Training Art and Design Researchers in Participation for Public Space’) researches the ways in which art and design researchers can ‘trade’ or exchange with multiple participants and disciplines in public space projects and – at the same time – trains them in doing so.