Nature can be a source of innovation and inspiration to transform our cities.
Collaborative spaces for transformation
A new generation of citymakers is shaping the transition to the next city.
Out now: Actors of Urban Change Magazine Nature, community, spaces: The future of European cities
Read insights from the 10 Actors of Urban Change projects that just completed the program, and how they are shaping the future of their neighborhoods across Europe.
Watch out! Something’s cooking in the Actors kitchen… 🤩⠀ We’re getting ready to launch the next call for applications very soon! Make sure you don’t miss it — sign up right now on our website (link in bio) to receive it in your inbox as soon as it’s out! 🔥
Photo by @panosgeorgiou
#urbanchange #actorsofurbanchange #citymakers #urbanists #urbanism #changemakers #citiestothepeople
Old school Actors of Urban Change showing the new generation how it’s done – staying in touch and staying silly! 😜
An intense 18-month journey has come to an end! ✨ Thank you @halllohalllohalllo and @kraftwerk_bille for being such fantastic hosts of our final meeting 🔥and thank you to our guests and experts from Hamburg and beyond for joining us to think and talk about new ways of working together to make our cities better places. 👩🏻🎨👨🏽🏫👩🏽🌾👨🏽🍳👷🏼♀️
Last but not least, thank you Actors of Urban Change for co-creating such a beautiful community. This chapter ended, but the adventure continues! 💛
Photos by @panosgeorgiou
#urbanchange #actorsofurbanchange #urbanism #placemaking #changemakers #citymakers #wemakethecity #citiesforpeople
About last night… 🥙👩🏽🍳🕺🏽🎶 hallöchen neighborhood festival, delicious food by @cavalcanticatering, presentation of the new park project by @halllohalllohalllo, and dancing the night away Actors style. 🙌
Walking the streets and green corridors of East Hamburg on a beautiful spring day… experiencing the city with all of our senses. 🙈👂🏽👃🏾
Thank you @halllohalllohalllo for guiding us and @panosgeorgiou for the photos!
#urbanchange #citymakers #placemaking #publicspaces #citiesforpeople #greencities #Hamburg #walkability #greencorridors #urbanplanning
Hamburg, here we come! 🤸🏽♀️Reunited and it feels so good. Being playful 👀 and exploring Hamburg‘s green corridor leading to the east – home of our hosts, @halllohalllohalllo and @kraftwerk_bille. Off to a great start to the final meeting. Photos by the one and only @panosgeorgiou ❤️
Last week, #TeamChisinau inaugurated #CasaMicle, a pavillion and meeting space where people can learn more about their vision to turn Veronica Micle Street into a pedestrian zone. 🏃🏼♀️🏃🏽♂️🚶🏻♂️🚶🏾♀️
During the Sidewalk Forum, Architects, experts in urbanism and civic activists participated expressing their own ideas and views regarding pedestrian streets and public spaces. The adults, alongside with children, valued this amazing opportunity to have, at least for a day, the street as a pedestrian space. They played on it, engaged in long walks and conversations and drew with colored chalk on asphalt. .
#placemaking #urbanchange #mobility #citiesforpeople #greencities #walkability #actorsofurbanchange #chisinau #publicplaces #urbanplanning
Yesterday, we explored the port city of Rijeka and learned from @rijeka2020 and @deltalab_rijeka about an area called “Sweet and Salt” where the river meets the sea, an industrial area with many abandoned spaces that they are now reclaiming for the local community. One of their plans is to restore access for residents to the seaside and riverside for swimming, leisure and more — through simple and cheap interventions, using mostly what is already there. Here are some impressions of the day by the best ever @panosgeorgiou ⛵️🌊
#actorsonthemove #abandonedspaces #rijeka2020 #urbanchange #citymakers #publicspaces #placemaking #tacticalurbanism
Oh what a ride! 🚞🚞🚞
Rolling through beautiful forests, villages, and mountains all the way to the sea from Zagreb to Rijeka would have already been enough. But we did it Actors style: had a wagon just for us and took the time to reconnect, reflect and find out what all the teams have been up to in the past few months. All with a good dose of humor. What a great bunch of people! 🤩🙌
📷 by @panosgeorgiou .
#actorsonthemove #urbanchange #citymakers #ActorsAcademy
Last night, we kicked off the third #ActorsAcademy with a critical tour of #Zagreb. Here are some impressions from our lovely photographer @panosgeorgiou. Next stop, #Rijeka!
The creative bureaucracy: Rethinking the role of city governments
“We’re in the midst of redesigning the world and all its systems for 21st century conditions,” Charles Landry argues. This will demand new ways of thinking and problem solving.
How to turn #foodwaste into (social) energy in a super dense urban environment? Exploring new ways of consuming and producing in London’s East during a last supper with @rurban_poplar_london, @poplar.harca, @publicworks_uk and #quantumwaste at their anaerobic digester in the midst of #Poplar.
Thanks to #TeamLondon for hosting our Actors and to @publicworks_uk for the awesome pictures!
#actorsonthemove #circulareconomy #urbanchange #wastereduction #urbanintervention #London #citymakers
It emerged out of nothing last May, and returned to nothing in September. Now, Berlin’s @floatinguniversity is trying to find ways to keep this inner-city offshore laboratory for collective, experimental learning alive. Actor of Urban Change Dorothee Halbrock from @halllohalllohalllo and #TeamHamburg was dean of Floating University’s open programs. She shared with us her impressions of the summer as well as the project’s outlook for the future. Read her story on our website – link in bio! ⠀
#Berlin #communityactivation #creativespaces #culture #placemaking #resilientcities #sustainablearchitecture #urbanchange
Floating University Berlin “Making a place emerge out of a dump”
From May to September, students and practitioners built an inner city offshore laboratory for collective, experimental learning on an old concrete rainwater basin in Berlin. Now, they are trying to create a long-term vision around the temporary structures.
Visaginas: Understanding the post-soviet city Purpose and belonging in a former nuclear town in Lithuania
For the past four years, the Laboratory of Critical Urbanism at the European Humanities University in Vilnius has organized interdisciplinary applied summer schools in the town of Visaginas. Here’s what they found out about life in a former mono-functional town.
“If you want to do a favor to your local politician: sue them!” #tbt to the delightfully provocative Ania Rok, who helped our Actors expand their advocacy toolbox to include some unusual ways to go around roadblocks in their projects back in Lecce. …
#urbanchange #advocacy #ActorsAcademy #AMLecce #activecitizenship #iclei #urbact
CityToolbox Lab Athens Co-creating and bringing life to a renovated market hall
A team of urban changemakers from seven European cities goes to Athens to help local social innovators develop new formats for the newly regenerated Kypseli Municipal Market.
Sebastian and Naomi were just in #Hamburg on a (not so) secret mission. Great things are in the works and we’re excited to explore with @halllohalllohalllo and @kreativgesellschaft and Kraftwerk Bille to see what can happen in this space!⠀
#actorsonthemove #urbanchange #teamhamburg #hamburg #kraftwerkbille #hallofestspiele #creativespaces #postindustrialspaces #placemaking
Lecce: Bridging the urban-rural divide What can cities learn from rural regions?
In September, we took Actors of Urban Change to Lecce, in Southern Italy, for our latest network meeting — where participants got to exchange and learn more about the topic of advocacy while also working on their projects. It was also a chance to visit one of the current round’s projects and immerse ourselves into their context.
We’re delighted that #TeamTimisoara’s Healing Grid project won the BETA 2018 prize in the Initiatives, Experiments and Vision section! 👏 🙌 💪 The team enrolled in the regional Architecture Biennale competition in order to promote Timisoara’s opportunity to turn the drainage channels into ecological corridors that bring nature to the city. The members of the international Jury have praised the concept for its simplicity and potential of impact on multiple aspects: from increased resilience to flooding risks and improving urban life quality to providing a nature-based solution for linking the city with its peripheries and the larger region.⠀
Congrats to our Actors and their local team on the well-deserved win!⠀
#urbanchange #resilientcities #greencities #naturebasedsolutions #healinggrid #Timisoara
#TeamValencia recently cooked with Aissa, Fatu, and a group of around 15 women from the Association of African Women of Paterna and the Valencian Community. As they cooked, they interviewed the women about the ingredients, preparation methods, and the meaning behind the dishes. Aissa fascinated the team with her story about how she has managed to organize this group of Muslim women around gardening and cooking. They then shared the meal in a celebration with music and many children. The story and the group of women will be protagonists in Team Valencia’s Gastronomic Guide to the Migrant Valencia, which they hope will highlight the food culture of the city’s immigrants and support their local businesses. Photos by Maria Sainz Arandia⠀
#urbanchange #diversecities #inclusion #foodculture