Nature can be a source of innovation and inspiration to transform our cities.
How are small scale, collaborative, bottom-up placemaking initiatives envisioning new uses for voids, in-between spaces and neglected spaces—and so pushing the envelope on the transformation of our cities? “Climate change, the energy crisis, war, migration, mobility and structural economic change are forcing an ever-increasing number of people to reclaim their everyday autonomy and to initiate social and collaborative processes that create meaning,” writes @bastian_lange_ .
The boiler room “Kesselhalle” at @kraftwerkbille is mostly empty today aside for occasional festivals and art exhibitions. Actors of Urban Change’s Team Hamburg envisions this space as a common good, a space for new forms of work and collaboration, culture, arts and beyond. .
Photo by Nils Petersen & illustration by @seb.holltrue .
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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!
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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. .
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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.
Micle – pedestrian street Chisinau (MD)
Working with citizens to transform Veronica Micle into a lively pedestrian public space
BotaniCALL Lecce (IT)
Turning a local botanical garden into a hub for sustainable food growing and community building
R-Urban Poplar London (UK)
Tackling food waste with community energy and circular economy
Growing multicultural communities Oslo (NO)
Urban gardening as a participatory tool to educate, build inclusive communities and empower citizens
Resilience Lab Timisoara (RO)
Forming a knowledge network on urban resilience and mapping tools and solutions to the city’s vulnerabilities
uTree Greening Budapest (HU)
Revitalizing inner courtyards to create urban green space, strengthen communities, and help climate adaptation
Recycle Art Festival Krasnoyarsk (RU)
Creating eco-awareness through an art exhibition and practical recycling workshops during a festival
Critical Housing Lab Porto (PT)
Improving social housing in an impoverished suburb and setting an example for innovative and participatory architecture
Urban Art Action Skopje (MK)
Channeling civic pressure through artistic interventions in public space to increase the visibility and value of a park
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!⠀
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Looking good, #TeamLecce! Afro Carpentieri, Marco Carlino, Francesca Guarascio and Giulia Toscani from @ortijanub are our hosts for the next #ActorsAcademy, which starts in a little over a month in southern Italy. We’re really excited and can’t wait to share all the details of the program, which will explore the urban-rural link through the lens of their project – turning the local botanical garden into a hub for food growing, learning, community building and planning of urban green areas. Stay tuned!
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