Warsaw is full of contradictions. Leaving the communist system behind, this political, cultural and economic centre of Poland has undergone a major transformation. Thanks to this development, the Polish capital inhabited by almost two million people has been witnessing the rising engagement of urbanism experts promoting transparent and sustainable development of the city.

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At the same time, Warsaw faces low social capital and civic engagement levels when it comes to urban issues. A major problem for Warsaw is air pollution as many public spaces are overtaken by cars and traffic (with 600 cars for every 1000 inhabitants). Warsaw would also benefit from more community centres and cultural projects focused on increasing the spatial quality of life. Taking part in Shared Cities: Creative Momentum is the right occasion to promote different concepts of sharing in the city and to exchange local know-how with other project cities.

Project Partners in Warsaw

Res Publica

The world is governed by ideas. Res Publica is concerned with those that determine the shape of tomorrow. Everybody is welcome to the discussion regardless of differences of opinion. Ideas have practical consequences. An honest debate is the foundation of inclusive laws as simplifications are inherently excluding. Res Publica publishes three magazines – Res Publica Nowa, Visegrad Insight and Magazyn Miasta (Cities Magazine) – the only interdisciplinary Polish magazine on urban issues. Res Publica promotes sustainable urban ideas, runs research focused on urban cultural policies and helps city governments to write cultural strategies and programmes. Thanks to Shared Cities: Creative Momentum, Res Publica now produces international issues of ‘Magazyn Miasta: Cities Magazine’.

Recent materials from Warsaw

The Return of Sharing Cities

Understanding the notion of owner-ship is crucial when trying to grasp the specific nature of sharing in Central-Eastern European cities

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Right to Know

Thanks to the variety of different media available today, people can share much more data and form new relationships with information. That is the main premise of open data as a concept – making and keeping it open creates the condition in which citizens can get informed and are, therefore, engaged in the governance of their communities.

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REPRIVATISATION: How hindsight helps us move forward

Without understanding the process of reprivatisation, it is difficult to understand the post-communist relation to property, sharing and urban space

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While sharing may never have developed in human societies without the assistance of government, the varying form of governance determined how we viewed the practice and our communities

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Polish Uber’s travels

The first time I got into a car ordered through the application was on the 14th of March 2015. Since then I have taken 312 rides through Uber. Unfortunately, I don’t remember anything from that first ride, but there are a few other rides that I remember perfectly

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The Hidden Possibilities of Public Spaces

Official, well-known squares, plazas, or streets located usually in city centers are meant to be shared public spaces, but they often don’t play this role for the local communities. So, people have started taking action themselves.

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East versus West: Sharing Made Cool

Traditionally, Western Europeans are the consumers while we, Eastern Europeans, are rather the suppliers of labor. This large segment of the sharing economy – the providing of labor on demand – is ideal for an anatomized society such as ours

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Magazyn Miasta / Cities Magazine vol.2 #ONLINE

What do people share in post-communist cities? What new sharing practices have appeared in Central and Eastern European cities? Find out more in the second issue of the international edition of the Magazyn Miasta / Cities Magazine - launched in June and now available ONLINE!

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