PlaceCity partners are using placemaking methods for urban regeneration. The results as well as the single placemaking activities will be assembled together and made available in an open-source toolbox, which is based on the experiences of establishing sustainable business cases for placemaking in local contexts. Additionally, as a Eutropoian tradition, we invite all placemakers, cities and neighbourhoods to experiment, test and implement with us.
Eutropian is dedicated to the support of real sustainability, which we believe is only possible through spatial justice. We strive for inclusion through use of space, and public space is no different. That’s why, when asked to be come on board and take on responsibility for the management of this project, as well as international communication and dissemination of project, we didn’t hesitate to come on board. We strongly believe, that we need to re-adapt our cities and regenerate them through human-centric point of view.
On the left side, you can see a google street view image of a street next to the conference center in Durban/South Africa. Even though it was a pleasure to present during the UCLG world conference the PlaceCity project, the excessive place-impact of car-roads in the country was a good reality check, what we are currently doing to our public space (reserving most valuable and biggest areas to car traffic). This is not a just-city in our terminology.
When researching suitable sites to implement placemaking tools, the two cities proposed two diverse sites. Gronland is quite unique, with specific social challenges such as high child poverty and highschool dropout rates as well as a host of other lingering problems such as unemployment and substance abuse issues among youth. The project decided to cooperate with Hersleb Upper Secondary School, located in the district. Hersleb has the highest drop out rate among schools in Oslo. With more than 6.000 square-meters of unused public space, the site has fantastic potential to contribute towards improving the living environment of the neighborhood while offering teenagers a safe place to assemble and spend time in.
We value the local work of our placemaker-colleagues in the project cities. They are our heroes and our local work starts with listening to them and hearing them out. They do great work, each of them by they own, complementing the variety our cities need. Our PlaceCity builds up on their work and wants to create new opportunities to have a greater impact.
…and show how to use the placemaking tools in specific contexts
Our experience in community building and support, inclusive urban processes, participation and promoting dialogue between groups makes PlaceCity a valuable project for us to be a part of.
Most importantly, PlaceCity is unique in that it takes a hands on approach and actively tests the application of methods and practices in the case study locations. While inviting other cities and communities to join and build up an experience track. The toolbox to arise out of these experiences will help other placemakers and give them access to a set of already tested and practiced concepts and applicable approaches.The transference of knowledge is something we’ve been keen on doing since the early days of Cooperative City, and we’re delighted to assist with the PlaceCity project in this regard as well.
Hosted by Bahanur Nasya/Eutropian, the first two days of the online symposium explored the potential of placemaking as a tool for urban regeneration, and was streamed live on the facebook page of cooperative city – the magazine. The third day was reserved for an exploratory walk through urban Vienna, guided by Roland Krebs/Superwien. View the symposium below.
Organised by the teams of Nabalogshager and Placemaking Europe the two days of the online symposium explored the impact of placemaking and opportunities for collaboration with young citizens. The conference was streamed live on the facebook page of . The first conference day was moderated by Adam Curtis/Nabolagshager and the second day by Bahanur Nasya/Eutropian. Have a look on the presentations and discussions here:
International exchange and joining forces is essential for our work in this project. With our partner EUKN, we created the spring 2021 episodes of Cooperative Urban Futures. The second episode “sustainable transition at street-level” featured international experts and PlaceCity members and gave the opportunity to think about necessary systemic change and where to start the work.
PlaceCity is a 30 month research programme, which started in February 2019 and was funded by JPI Urban Europe, Federal Ministry Republic of Austria: Transport, Innovation and Technology, The Research Council of Norway.
The partners of the project are: superwien urbanism OG, Magistratsabteilung 18 Stadtentwicklung und Stadtplanung, Universität für angewandte Kunst Wien – social design, Eutropian GmbH, Gallis Miljø og Kommunikasjon – Nabolagshager, stipo, Oslo kommune, BIDs Belgium, Placemaking Europe .