Hundreds of people gathered yesterday at the new bathing area and the open activities of Placemaking Week Europe 2019, in the Marina de València.
People sunbathing, swimming, having a cup of coffee; folks sitting in a circle in front of the sea, debating on an exhibit at La Base, someone playing the guitar… “What’s happening in the Marina de València?”, many onlookers wondered. These last two days, hundreds of people have rediscovered the Marina and their own power as “placemakers”, i.e. as main actors in the transformation of their city. “The Marina de València is a public space and it must be reclaimed for the citizens”, pointed out Chema Segovia, the person responsible for the Public Space Strategy of the Marina de València, in the open talk yesterday at La Base on the occasion of the Placemaking Week Europe 2019 festival.
We’re all Placemakers.
The placemaking discourse was founded in the 1960s in Northern Europe and the USA, as Chema Segovia explained it. He defines placemaking as “the incorporation of people’s needs into urbanism and architecture”. In short: “it is about putting people in the core” and about co-designing, together with the people, more inclusive cities adapted to their uses and needs. “The Marina de València is a public space and it must be reclaimed for the citizens. It is essential to always bear this in mind, especially now, when even some public institutions do not seem to be so clear about it as they should”, adds Segovia.
400 International Experts are Inspired by the Marina de València
This morning, more than 400 experts from all over the world on public space transformation are working in the city of Valencia as a case study. They have organised into different groups and visited the Cabanyal quarter, the riverbed park of the River Túria, the Albufera lagoon, the city’s markets and the Marina de València. The aim is to learn from urban successes and mistakes and suggest creative solutions to vitalise spaces and create more inclusive cities.
This group of experts in improving the places where we live have shared ideas and experiences in over 40 activities taking place in the Marina de València since 12 June. In yesterday’s closing session, there was a recurrent idea: the transformation process of the Marina de València was considered as an inspiring example in their work, and Valencia, as a spearhead of urban innovation policies.
Open Day to Conclude Placemaking Week Europe 2019
Placemaking Week Europe 2019 closes today with a big party for all audiences, with free admission. At 6 p.m., the urban planner Charles Laundry, author of the concept “creative city”, will offer a talk. Then, from 7 p.m., it is time for avant-garde sounds with Placemaking Electrònic, which will give visibility to some of the most prominent local selectors and producers. A proposal for cultural innovation next to the sea featuring Nacho Marco, Holzwarth & Sebastian, Sexto Humano and Blanch (Zero in Conduct).
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.