Delve further into the 5 themes of Placemaking Week Europe 2019…
(1) Placemaking for innovation: La Marina de Valencia recently launched a Living Lab to experiment, design and reimagine inclusive and innovative public spaces through placemaking. Placemaking Week Europe will focus on the waterfront as an upcoming innovation hub and further analyse questions around innovation for the public good, including the future of work and social innovation, by inviting thought leaders in the field. What does the future landscape of innovation look like? How can it contribute to improve our cities, public and third spaces for all? How can placemaking contribute to this process as well as to provide a better connection between the innovation hub and the city fabric?
(2) Creative Bureaucracy: The process of placemaking breaks disciplinary silos and transforms the way we govern our cities today. To boost the impact of placemaking we need to talk about systemic change! We need creative bureaucrats, people working in public sector with the transformative ability to change the status quo and enable innovative processes. Placemaking Week Europe focuses on creative bureaucracy, governance innovation and city-wide campaigns for a more place-led development of our cities. We invite pioneering civil servants and politicians – and those aspiring to become creative bureaucrats – to share their experience and lessons. How can local governments follow up to the rhythm of placemakers and be a sustainable partner? What is the role of policy makers and civil servants in the placemaking processes?
(3) Open-source sharing from placemaking practice: The inherent value of placemaking as a process is that in each context it is closely tied to the local community’s needs and specific circumstances. However, most placemakers find their footing in tools, mechanisms and strategies developed by their peers in other contexts. What are the common patterns of placemaking practices around the world? How can we tap into this worldwide knowledge bank and still provide with context-relevant practices? Through open source sharing we build capacity and increase the impact of the placemaking movement. For Placemaking Week Europe, we call upon placemakers to share their best practices, tools and innovative models for place management, place-led development and financing.
(4) Future-proof cities through placemaking: In order to connect the impact of placemaking to the importance of improving our cities for future generations, Placemaking Week Europe concentrates on two important urban challenges in particular: climate change and inclusion. By sharing practices, lessons and critical discussions we demonstrate and explore how placemaking aims at shared benefits and public impact. Placemaking has a vital role to play in creating more inclusive cities for all, while lowering our carbon footprint and climate impact. How can placemaking contribute to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal 11: Make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable?
(5) Waterfront cities: As many cities are today facing the transformation of waterfronts from their initial industrial uses into a place for and by the people, Placemaking Week Europe is an excellent occasion to exchange best practices and challenges of waterfront regeneration. How to boost underutilized spaces, and make them into places people love? How to boost economic activity and investment while preserving local identity and specificities? Cities with access to water have a lot of added value for citizens’ lives, it’s about time to tap into that potential!