On the second day of Placemaking Week Europe 2019, experts from all over the world tackle challenges such as creative bureaucracy or the four-day work week.
Architects, town planners, sociologists, politicians, economists, activists… professionals from different fields gathered from 50 countries around the world continue to share experiences and seek creative and participatory solutions for our future cities. And they do so from the Marina de València, in Placemaking Week Europe 2019, the largest European festival of urban innovation. More than 30 interactive workshops were held yesterday at La Base and also at Tinglado 2, a space that became active on the second day of the event. During the day, topics such as creative bureaucracy or the future of work were addressed, and proposals such as the four-day work week were presented.
Creative Bureaucracy: Solving Problems through Creativity
“Creative bureaucracy” was one of the main items on yesterday’s program. The urban planner Charles Landry, author of the concept of “creative city”, explained the need to “plan with imagination”, to seek solutions to the challenges of the 21st-century cities through creativity and participation. “The public administration has to be a facilitator and create connections between the public sector, the private sector and the administration itself,” stresses Landry, who pleads for “adjusting the rules to the energy” that emerges from people. Landry stands for “making the invisible visible” (talent, imagination, all the good in people). A commitment to be assumed also by the media: “The media also have to bring out the good things,” he says.
Dozens of professionals from different countries participated in the session and agreed on some conclusions: the great impact of small interventions and the importance of involving local residents (who best know the needs of their city) and children (honest in their thoughts).
Brave Solutions for the Future of Work
The future of our jobs was also one of the big issues discussed yesterday. Will Sronger, a member of the think tank Autonomy Institute, explained his team’s proposal to implement the four-day work week. A “courageous solution” to reduce unemployment and job insecurity, establish a new model of wealth distribution, gain time for family, leisure and relaxation, and promote equal relations between men and women. “Less work and better work; the 4-day work week is a proposal to confront the crisis of our economic model”, Strongersaid.
Placemaking: “Success is when you see a place filled with people.”
In other speeches, workshops and activities, placemaking – the collective design of public spaces with the user as the main character- was further discussed, as the festival’s central core). Participants shared practical experiences from different parts of the world and referred to placemaking as “a tool for bringing people together and reinventing their role” and as “an innovative approach to addressing urban austerity policies and their consequences”. “The best way to make a change in public space is to experiment, monitoring the change and making sure that the next phase is ready to start when the city is happy with the change,” concluded Emiel Arends (City of Rotterdam).
Placemakers also spoke of improving the comfort, accessibility and beauty of public space, of “feeling at home on the street”, and of boosting it with activities: “Success is when you see a place filled with people.”
Open Activities for the Weekend
The Placemaking Week Europe 2019 program includes open and free activities at La Base. Today, Friday, starting at 8 pm, a talk will be given on the implementation of Placemaking in our territory, by Chema Segovia (La Marina de València), Paco González (Master’s Degree in City and Urban Planning from the UOC), Irene Reig (Carpe Vía), Sergio Rodríguez (Luces de Barrio) and Basurama. On Saturday 25, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., Charles Landry shall address the closing speech.
Afterwards, the multi award-winning film “Visages Villages”, by director Agnés Varda, and the urban graphic artist and photographer JR, will be screened. In a ” magical” van, they embark on an extraordinary and surprising journey, based on chance and creativity, through the villages of France.
The avant-garde sounds shall be the protagonists of the closing party on Saturday from 7 pm. Open to the entire city (up to full capacity), Placemaking Electrònic will give visibility to some of the most prominent local selectors and producers. A proposal for cultural innovation next to the sea presenting Nacho Marco, Holzwarth & Sebastian, Sexto Humano and Blanch (Cero en Conducta).
About Placemaking Week Europe 2019
Placemaking Week Europe 2019 is organised by the Marina de València, Stipo and European Placemaking, with the collaboration, among other entities, of the Associació València Capital del Disseny, Las Naves, Labora, F. Iniciativas, Ajuntament de València and Ajuntament de Tavernes de la Valldigna, as well as with the technical assistance of Creative Bureaucracy Festival, Placemaking X, Project for Public Spaces, Urbact, the European Commission, Un-Habitat and JPI Urban Europe.
Placemaking Week Europe 2019 puts Valencia as a European point of reference in the policies for improving public space and urban innovation and consolidates the Marina de València as an international model for waterfront transformation.
All the information on the event can be found on the website www.placemakingweekeurope.com.