Whether you're looking to increase safety, to create visually stimulating environments, or to decrease environmental impact: urban lighting plays a key role in every public area. From solar applications and modern ornamental fixtures to useful management systems and smart LED technologies: the countless uses of outdoor lighting are all represented on the event floor.
The relevancy of public space
Public space is more relevant than ever. Sustainability, bio diversity, nature inclusive, health. The list goes on and on. The future of our shared space is a daily news topic. For everyone who is professionally involved with commercial landscaping, design, planning, maintainance and/or management of public and semi-public spaces there is the Expo of Public Space, 27 and 28 september 2023 in Jaarbeurs Utrecht.
The most comprehensive public space event in Europe
The application of greenery in public space has grown far beyond esthetic purposes. Increasing air quality, managing temperature, creating irrigation, keeping soil healthy: a lot can be achieved by putting the right resources in the right places. Greenery is also no longer restricted to just parks and roadsides, but can also be found on walls, bridges, traffic installations and rooftops.
Themes such as climate change adaptation have, quite literally, made 'green' one of the most vital topics when discussing public space. On the exhibition floor you'll find this theme in many forms, including actual greenery (trees, plants, wildflowers and shrubbery) but also tools for maintenance, seeds, tree and plant nurseries, pest and weed control, consultancies and more.
Benches, bins, planters, tables, (decorative) barriers, fences and more: 'street furniture' is the collective term for objects and products that fulfill various functions within public spaces. In the past, these functions have been relatively straightforward: accommodating users with a comfortable, clean and safe environment, as well as adding visual identity and style to any area.
In recent years, technological advancement has introduced surprising and increasingly convenient changes to what used to be unremarkable objects. Now, benches can be used to charge phones and create social interaction and waste bins can tell us at what time they should be emptied.
Excited to see what this could mean for your future commercial projects? At the Expo for Public Space, all newest products and technologies are gathered for your convenience.
Pavement might just be the most surprisingly multifaceted product at the Expo for Public Space. Ranging from weed-repelling natural stone to colored resin or light-absorbing asphalt with implemented LED signage. The possibilities are nearly endless, and will all be presented to you in person on the event floor.
Play & Outdoor fitness
A lot of cities are looking to diversify the purposes of recreational areas due to the ever-increasing populaition density. This grow in demand has also led to a surge in innovation when it comes to combining sports, play and recreation. Safe and durable materials are becoming more readily available, and suppliers keep finding new and innovative ways to create multi-functional outdoor equipment.
You will find many suitable products on the exhibition floor, such as (multi-functional) playground sets, outdoor sporting equipment, playground surfaces (mulch, rubber, etcetera) as well as new interactive and/or educative technologies. You can also find advisors, contractors and consultancies who can help in the process.
A worldwide paradigm shift is taking place when it comes to mobility. New technology makes real-time travel updates, advanced shared mobility and autonomous transport reliable, safe and flexible. Moreover, these smart solutions ensure that our public space remains livable and accessible.
Subsequently our cities must also be prepared for the future. Self-driving cars, Mobility As A Service, drones, hyperloops and other innovations are rapidly gaining more support. On the exhibition floor you will come into contact with the parties that can make our cities future-proof.
Construction & Infrastructure
To make our cities smart and sustainable, we need a solid foundation. With new innovations being introduced every day, creating an infrastructure that is futureproof and adaptable, is more important than ever before.
The subsurface is an often overlooked part of our public space, but can be seen as the engine room of a city. It houses our water, wiring, electricity, sewers and drainage, but it is also a key factor when talking about temperature management, soil quality, greenery and, ultimately, urban planning as a whole. All suppliers and service providers on these subjects are gathering on the event floor.
Landscape architecture & Design
Products and services alone don't make up public spaces. A sharp and creative design is needed to combine everything to that not only create spaces that look good, but are also fully functional, smart and future-proof. Spaces that can meet the high demands of both the end-users as well as the commercial stakeholders.
Whether you're a designer yourself, or simply looking for a designer/architect/contractor to help you: you'll find everything you need on the exhibition floor. No matter if you're working on parks, public squares, boardwalks, sidewalks, sports fields, recreational grounds, public gardens or any other type of commercial project on public grounds.
Advice & Management
Looking for advice and practical solutions for the challenges in your next commercial project? The exhibition floor is filled with consultancy firms, contractors, designers, engineers and other types of consultants. Exhibitors in the category "Advice & Management" often specialize in specific segments within public spaces, making it easy to find the experts that are the perfect match for your queries.
Save time and effort
Do you want to know which products, services and partners can help you with your upcoming public space projects? We've done all the curating for you. One visit can save you countless hours of searching. Not only that; it will also put you in direct contact with the right people for the job.
Over 6.000 likeminded professionals
Each year Jaarbeurs Utrecht is filled with thousands of professionals who are all working to make their cities smart, sustainable and future proof. This common cause makes the event the perfect platform to create meaningful connections with peers, and share knowledge about.
The Netherlands is known as a worldwide technological innovator. From the various 'living labs' in smart cities like Amsterdam and Eindhoven, to the groundbreaking developments of local young professionals; you'll find an unlimited supply of inspiration and innovation during your visit.