PlaceCity Symposium

In the framework of PlaceCity, a project funded by JPI Urban Europe, we would like to explore and discuss the potential of placemaking as a tool for creating more inclusive, just and sustainable cities.

The PlaceCity symposium spans two ONLINE days, June 10th from 14.00 – 16.00 CEST (UTC+02) and June 11th from 14.30 – 16.00 CEST (UTC+02). During the first session on June 10th, we will explore the possibilities and limitations of co-creating sustainable urban areas for and by citizens. During the second session on June 11th, we will explore how to improve social inclusion and participation in cities by engaging young people. During both sessions national and international placemaking projects will be showcased and contextualized with international placemakers, planners and civil servants through different panel discussions.

The PlaceCity Symposium is hosted by Nabolagshager, and supported by Placemaking Europe, Eutropian and other PlaceCity partners.

DAY 1. Sustainable Placemaking Models
Date: June 10th from 14.00 to 16.00

14:00 – 14:30  Welcoming words, introduction to the PlaceCity project and Vienna/Oslo case studies

Host: Adam Curtis from Nabolagshager

PlaceCity project partners: Bahanur Nasya, Eutropian; Roland Krebs, Superwien urbanism; and Laura Martinez, Nabolagshager.

14:30 – 15:30  Presentations by guest speakers

Anna Bradley / STIPO. She will share research results on key sustainable placemaking models for successful implementations with concrete examples, especially from the city of Vienna and Oslo.

Aida Cortes Lopez / Nabolagsfabrikken in Oslo. She will introduce the «Nabolagsfabrikken» initiative, a neighborhood initiative where they facilitate positive cooperations between residents, local businesses, districts, voluntary organizations, local activists and property developers.

Stephanie Degenhardt / Municipality of Oslo: Agency for Urban Environment. She will present the Linderud Community Garden project, where the municipality, residents, local businesses and other organizations grow food and communities together.

Anna Bradley / Placemaking Europe. She will present the AfterCovid. City conference, a festival that celebrates social proximity in times of physical distance and reclaims the role of cities, places and people to shape a post-covid world for the better. AfterCovid.City is powered by Placemaking Europe and the City of Bacerlona.

15:30 – 15:50  Panel discussion with guest speakers

15:50 – 16:00  Open discussion with audience and closing remarks

DAY 2. Youth-Led Placemaking
Date: June 11th from 14.30 to 16.00

14:30 – 14:40  Welcoming words and summary of the sustainable placemaking models session (DAY 1)

Host: Bahanur Nasya from Eutropian

14:40 – 15:30  Presentations by guest speakers

Hazel Borys / President of PlaceMakers, Inc., in Canada and PlaceMakers, LLC in the USA. She will present the Serpentine Maze project in Canada, a community pop-up park to bolster wellbeing during the pandemic, in a physically-distanced but socially-connected way. Hazel will also introduce the Pandemic Toolkit, a toolkit to help rebuild municipal budgets quickly, by supporting local businesses and reducing the bureaucratic process.

Lilian Helgason / President of Sweden’s Pupil Council. She will give a presentation on the importance of youth’s involvement in urban planning processes and concrete examples on how to make this possible. 

Jinn Merethe Jansen / CEO at Byverkstedet in Oslo. She will give a presentation about her work using placemaking, design, craftsmanship and architecture to create sustainable (urban) solutions together with young people in Oslo. 

Aggie Handberg /Project coordinator for Education for Sustainable Development at Spire (Norway). She will give a presentation about Spire’s program to encourage young people to participate in the sustainable development of their local environment and how they can influence political processes. 

15:30 – 15:50  Panel discussion with guest speakers

15:50 – 16:00  Open discussion with audience and closing remarks

Facebook event here.

About PlaceCity

PlaceCity is a research applied project that aims to advance placemaking as a new approach to creating better cities together by gathering and testing placemaking tools and establishing placemaking sustainable models in partner’s cities (Oslo and Vienna). To achieve this, project partners work together with a combination of local partners (communities, small businesses and social entrepreneurs) as well as partners at a higher level (universities and civil servants from different government departments).

Project partners of PlaceCity are City of Vienna, City of Olso, Superwien urbanism ZT OG, University of Applied Arts Vienna – Social Design, Stipo, Nabolagshager, BIDs Belgium, Placemaking Europe and Eutropian GmbH (project coordination).
PlaceCity is funded by JPI Urban Europe, Federal Ministry of Transport, Innovation and Technology in Vienna, The Research Council of Norway, The Savings Bank Foundation DNB and the Urban Renewal Program of Grønland and Tøyen.