FEBRUARY 21-24, Norway > Investigating Artistic Interventions in (Post-)Industrial Environments

On February 21-24, we will participate at the seminar “Investigating Artistic Interventions in (Post-)industrial Environments” in Moss/Fredrikstad (Norway), in the frame of the PICTURE project organised by Placcc and Scenekunst Østfold. PICTURE explores the opportunities of collaboration between cross-sector partners and artists in the (post)industrial scene. Also we will focus on how art interventions can Read More …

FEBRUARY 13-15, Split/Dubrovnik > The Participatory Governance of Cultural Institutions

“Approaches to Participatory Governance of Cultural Institutions” is a two year project (from March 2016 to March 2018) implemented by the Kultura Nova Foundation with the support of UNESCO International Fund for Cultural Diversity. The project focuses on the existing and emerging models of innovative cultural institutions which are arising from sharing creative spaces based Read More …

FEBRUARY 9, Lisbon > Interactive Cities Politicians’ Dialogue

Sala do Arquivo, Paços do Concelho (Praça do Município, Lisboa) 09.02.2017 at 13.30 The URBACT Network Interactive Cities addresses the opportunities of social media and digital platforms in urban governance and participation. As part of the network‘s Lisbon meeting bringing together 10 municipalities from across Europe, we will organise a public event with the participation Read More …

Funding the Cooperative City – Madrid Video

A few months ago, together with Vivero de Initiativas Ciudadanas, we organised a 3-day workshop in Madrid, with the participation of Wikitoki, Bilbao (ES), De Besturing, The Hague (NL), La fabrika detodalavida, Los Santos de Mainona (ES), Gängeviertel, Hamburg (DE) as well as Madrid initiatives Instituto Do It Yourself, Goteo, La traviesa coop57, Ecooo, Koiki, Read More …

Civic City book online!

In the past weeks, the Hungarian government resumed its pressure on NGOs. To highlight the importance of civic initiatives in delivering social, cultural and environmental services in Budapest, the KÉK – Contemporary Architecture Centre‘s Lakatlan Budapest program recently published the book Civil Város (Civic City, in Hungarian with English summary), now fully available online!

Arriving to the Cooperative City: The Vienna Refugee Coalition

In November, as part of the Metropolitan Field Trip Vienna, we organised together with Wonderland Platform for European Architecture, Pakhuis de Zwijger, XsentrikArts and Das Packhaus the event Arriving to the Cooperative City: the Vienna Refugee Coalition, including site visits and a public event with bockwerk, Freunde schützen, Purple Eat Marktstand-Restaurant, Magdas HOTEL, Fluchtraum Österreich, Read More …

Building Civic Spaces

Invited by the Kultura Nova Foundation, we began a consultation series about the governance of new cultural spaces with the municipalities and civic groups of seven Croatian cities, based on the findings of the TUTUR, Vacant City and Funding the Cooperative City projects.

ADAPTABLE CITY EXHIBITION

On 27th October at the Timisoara Architecture Biennale  The exhibition Adaptable City, first presented in KÉK Budapest, gives an introduction to the logics of temporary use and adaptive reuse, discussing its fundamental questions as well as the organisational, economic, legal and architectural conditions of the reutilization of vacant buildings and sites.

Rounding Off Screening

On 4th October at the Czech Architecture Days A 22′ video by Zsolt Keserue, Levente Polyak and Ágnes Dénes about the transformation of the interiors of prefabricated housing estates. Through interviews and research, the video documents attempts and practices to domesticate and alter radically planned spaces.

Architect’s Backstage

Models of collaboration between architecture and other disciplines. On 29th October at the Timisoara Architecture Biennale  The workshop aims at supporting workshop participants in developing new business models for their architecture practice, exploring possibilities arising from new forms of collaboration with other disciplines.

Funding the Cooperative City – Rome video

The Funding the Cooperative City workshop series arrived in Rome, exploring new economic models of community spaces and bringing together many local initiatives together with ones from Berlin, Halle, Amsterdam and Rotterdam. Want to know more? ù    

Young Older Spirit animation!

How can social media improve our urban governance? How to explain to your local stakeholders what you are doing within the Interactive Cities network? Tell them your story! The animation explains the ambition of the City of Murcia, who would like to use social media to involve local inhabitants in the urban regeneration processes of Read More …

Presenting Funding the Cooperative City in Berlin

Levente joined the Berlin meeting of the Seismic network by presenting the Funding the Cooperative City project. What are the economic models that civic organisations are developing to make their actions sustainable in time? The SEiSMiC project (Societal Engagement in Science, Mutual Learning in Cities) helps tackle Europe’s biggest urban problems by engaging citizens, identifying social Read More …

Podcast on Markets in Rome

Eutropian joined the Radio Impegno (the community radio in Rome against the Mafia) issue on Markets in Rome with a podcast containing many of the interviews we did around Europe over the last years. LISTEN TO THE PODCAST HERE!  (the podcast is mixed Italian and English) We spoke about Young Market Lab in Bari, of Markthalle Neun in Berlin, of Stará Read More …

Community Capital in Action: New Financial Models for Resilient Cities – in the IABR Magazine

In the past decade, with the economic crisis and the transformation of welfare societies, NGOs, community organisations and civic developers – City Makers – established some of the most important services and spaces in formerly vacant buildings, underused areas and neglected neighborhoods. Consolidating their presence in the regenerated spaces, these initiatives are increasingly looking into Read More …

Funding the Coop City: Bratislava Workshop

During the Bratislava  workshop, we visited cultural and community initiatives in the Slovak capital that are creating a new scene for the creative sector together with their local communities, such as Cvernovka incubator, Obchodna ulica to be Business Improvement District and the Stara trznica market.

Funding the Coop City: Prague Workshop

In the frame of the Prague workshop, we visited cultural and community initiatives in Prague’s rapidly transforming Holesovice neighborhood, including Jatka78, the Center for Contemporary Arts Prague and  Paralelní Polis, and discussed the modalities of cooperation between citizens and municipalities.