Shared Cities: Creative Momentum was a platform of 11 organisations based in Belgrade, Berlin, Bratislava, Budapest, Katowice, Prague and Warsaw. Creating a space for architecture, art and urban design, this network of NGOs, universities, governmental organisations, municipalities and active citizens set out on a mission to explore new and better ways of living in cities.
Four years of collaboration across six countries defined new ways of urban planning and policy-making and showed urban citizens that their participation is essential when it comes to creating valuable urban environments. From 2016 to 2020 Shared Cities directly engaged with approximately 60.000 European citizens across 495 events and reached a global audience of 25 million people through a variety of media platforms.
Shared Cities made Central and Eastern European cities a better place to live:
- In Prague, the Goethe-Institut opened the first Library of Things in the Czech Republic. reSITE hosted three global forums on trends in architecture and urban planning.
- In a unique exhibition, the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava together with the Czech Centres presented visions of restoring Iconic Ruins – once prominent buildings of communist institutions.
- The Association of Belgrade Architects gave rise to two urban hubs – the Plato, a community space bringing new life into a once dirty housing estate courtyard, and the Multifunctional Spot, an open classroom in a suburban school courtyard. Shared Cities strengthened three BINA festivals by connecting local and international actors of urban change.
- KUNSTrePUBLIK activated Berlin with public space interventions (Gütermarkt, Food and Footage) and initiated a debate about urban furniture resulting in the Hacking Urban Furniture conference and a publication.
- In Bratislava, the Old Market Hall Alliance catalysed the revitalisation of the city’s central SNP Square (Slovak National Uprising Square) by designing the Vivid Square case study.
- In the heart of Budapest, Mindspace developed the Rákóczi neighbourhood and initiated the Better Budapest tool to crowd-source solutions to local problems. KÉK designed a place-making strategy for the Csepel Island and, together with Mindspace, organized the urban celebration Budapest100.
- Katowice City of Gardens invited researchers to analyse the cultural ecosystem of Katowice and turned its impressive knowledge into visualizations on the Data for Culture website.
- The Warsaw based Res Publica Foundation explored the concept of sharing in three international issues of Magazyn Miasta: Cities Magazine.
Shared Cities celebrated its accomplishments at The Finale, a two-day festival featuring:
- The Discussions with first-class international speakers, urbanists, curators and architecture theorists
- The Performance Virtual Ritual exposing the challenges of contemporary cities through the lens of a parallel world of online games
- The launch of the Shared Cities Atlas capturing trends in the sharing of space, architecture and knowledge in Central and Eastern Europe
- The Videos: a toolkit of eight animated videos offering solutions to problems cities face across the globe
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Stefanie Heublein, Project Manager Shared Cities: Creative Momentum, Goethe-Institut Tschechien
Martina Peachment Brehmer, PR Manager Shared Cities: Creative Momentum, Goethe-Institut Tschechien
Zuzana Čermáková, Production Shared Cities: Creative Momentum, Goethe-Institut Tschechien
Sofia Tscholakidi, PR Manager and Project Assistence Shared Cities: Creative Momentum, Goethe-Institut Tschechien
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