SHARED CITIES: Creative Momentum is on a mission to improve the quality of life in European cities. By exploring aspects of sharing and urban design we are creating new ways of living in our cities. Together.
In Central and Eastern Europe we often find common challenges on the municipal level; municipalities work with limited budgets, but typically underuse available resources. In practice, this means that municipalities do not have an abundance of resources to build new public infrastructure or even to reconstruct and maintain the existing one, but they own generous public spaces and other property that requires fixing.
Developing Cultural Formats Through a Community of Inquiry, Miodrag Kuč
The recent revival of the importance of 'communities’ and of ways of reaching them has started to exert an influence on the urban planning level, as evidenced in a striving to engender more inclusion and integration. All of which sounds like a repetition of the old mantra of urban renewal, but this time in an over-accelerated society.
Deconstruction and Material Circulation as Ways to Build, interview with Lionel Billet, Rotor, Brussels
If you express the recycling rate in terms of value (the residual value of the recirculated products in relation to the initial value of all building products being discarded), it would be equal to approximately 1%. And that's the way we look at it. We think that next to the logistics of waste management, we need a system that allows us to maintain in circulation elements with a value – this value being of technical, cultural, or economic
The physical and social normative properties of street furniture, Mary Dellenbaugh
Public space, in particular in cities, is an important backdrop for gatherings and everyday social life. The organization of public space and the objects in it, most notably street furniture such as benches, bus stop shelters, advertising pollards, and public restrooms, determine which uses are possible or allowed and help to create and confirm norms about how we should move through and use space and which persons or groups are welcome there. In this essay, two aspects of street furniture’s norming function will be discussed: its provision by various entities (public authorities, private contractors and developers) and its physical structure and arrangement.
Shared Cities Ideas Yard: Data pro kulturu | Data for Culture – Public Panel Discussion
What information can Facebook reveal about organizing cultural events? Who are their participants? How does culture energize our cities? Medialab, an experimental platform from Katowice, presents the results of a unique research study which crunched large amounts of data from field research as well as social media and websites. A complex network that interweaves through the cultural ecosystem of a city was revealed. Join our panel discussion and learn more about how data can be used to develop culture in your city and how to communicate effectively in today’s data culture!
Research Publication on New Media and Infographics
The workshop New Media and Infographics was the second in a series of three curatorial-practice-oriented workshops (publications, data, exhibitions), organized by the Curatorial Lab of the Shared Cities: Creative Momentum project, in order to explore innovative approaches to the sharing of knowledge in architecture, design and urban planning. The Curatorial Lab Workshop on New Media and Infographics featured data visualization and data-driven analysis that represent architecture, urban spaces and culture in an innovative way. This two-day workshop took place in Katowice and was organized by reSITE in collaboration with Medialab Katowice.
Download an issue of the Slovak Architectural Review magazine: Projekt 3-4, 2017 dedicated to the topic of Iconic Ruins. The monothematic double issue deals with iconic architecture choosing transformation, rather than demolition or historically true reconstruction as an approach. The magazine displays the extensive research and work of established architects and students on selected iconic buildings in Berlin, Prague, Katowice and Bratislava conducted under the scope of Shared Cities: Creative Momentum.
Scales of Sharing: Berlin – Katowice, Shared Cities Diaries #5
What happens when a fan of inclusive cities, consumer of exhibitions, publications on architecture & urban planning and one of the authors of Shared Cities: Creative Momentum project feels the politics of the region kicks in?
Research Publication on Publishing 2.0: New Formats in Architecture Publishing
The Curatorial Lab Workshop #1 on Publication was the first in a series of three curatorial-practice-oriented workshops (publications, data, exhibitions), organized by the Curatorial Lab of the Shared Cities: Creative Momentum project, in order to explore innovative approaches to the sharing of knowledge in architecture, design and urban planning. The Curatorial Lab Workshop #1 on Publication invited renowned writers, editors and publishers to elaborate on the present condition of print and digital publications relative to architecture and urbanism. Specifically, the objective of the two-day workshop was to discuss three types of project publications: the annual magazine, research publications and the final exhibition catalogue that will serve as the published outcomes for a seminal four-year cultural project called Shared Cities: Creative Momentum.
WhatCity? Shared Cities, Bratislava, October 2017 on soundcloud now
The october edition of WhatCity? on topic of sharing is on soundcloud now. Listen to intensive information exchanges between speakers and guests in one on one dialogues. Eleven experts spoke about their experiences with sharing in cities. Choose one of them or listen what others are talking about!
12 things you will learn about Katowice culture thanks to Medialab research
Only a few years ago, no one would have conceived a thought of Katowice becoming a city associated with culture. In 2015, however, following a brief yet intensive period of investment in cultural infrastructure and cultural events, Katowice joined the exclusive international group of UNESCO Creative Cities. Has the city undergone a true cultural revolution? Is Katowice’s current en-vogue status just a passing fad or could it be a herald of major changes in the city centre? In order to find out, we teamed up with cultural researchers, designers, programmers and analysts to study responses given by 3633 participants in over a dozen local events, and analyse tens of thousands of posts published in social media and web-based information services. What we present below is a 12-point list of things to look out for in the exhibition and report summarising our project.
The Eastern Roots of Sharing, Interview with Kacper Pobłocki
To really embrace a sustainable sharing economy will require a reimagining of many fundamental aspects of our society. Take, for example, the current nuclear family model; it is the basis for our entire, world-wide, housing system, and it is quite outdated.
Young Mothers Changing Their Neighborhood Urban Hub, Case Study Belgrade
It can be said that passivity and apathy are significant (e)motions in Central and Eastern European societies. For decades our cities were managed, decided and maintained by central driven mechanisms. Design and maintenance of public space as well. Only important landmarks, plazas and boulevards are winning better treatment – nice furniture, greenery, maintenance and navigation systems. But in our cities, we are left with vast spaces with no maintenance.