The growing urban population faces various challenges. How can we find creative answers for that? This is just one of many questions and topics which have been discussed during the international project Shared Cities: Creative Momentum from 2016 to 2020. The project accomplishments were presented at the two-day festival Shared Cities: The Finale on October 2nd and 3rd 2019 in Prague, Czech Republic.
The Finale did not only bring together skilled urbanists, curators or theorists of architecture. It was also open to the public, since the sharing of information, knowledge, governance, space and infrastructure has become the new imperative in the architectural and cultural discourse.
Taking place in the Archa Theatre and the Center for Architecture and Metropolitan Planning (CAMP) The Finale featured the following formats:
Helena Doudova (ed.), published by nai010 publishers.
The Shared Cities Atlas applies the new, global ‘sharing paradigm’ in architecture and public sphere to a site-specific situation in seven cities in Central Europe. Mapping current practices of sharing and new fields of action in case studies, it contextualizes the phenomenon in research papers, data, and photography.
The second day of Shared Cities: The Finale consisted of three panel discussions on Shared Identities, Spaces and Politics in Central Europe with renowned European architecture theorists, curators and urban researchers.
Eight videos, each related to a creative adventure, to real problems and their solutions, to stories from different European cities. They are answering the following questions: How to better understand our cities? How to better plan our cities? How to better use our cities?
The original gaming performance takes its viewers to the parallel world of online video games. Virtual space offers its users endless possibilities to enjoy themselves without the constraints of physical reality. Urban researcher Osamu Okamura, YouTuber Atlet, and photographer and gamer Adéla Vosičková join an expert gaming panel to unpack the hidden mechanisms and rituals that shape not just virtual cities but also the cities we live in.
Virtual Ritual was co-produced by Goethe-Institut, Divadlo Archa and SixHouses as part of the Shared Cities: Creative Momentum project. It premiered on October 2nd in the frame of Shared Cities: The Finale.
Credits – Shared Cities: The Finale
Chief Curator Shared Cities: The Finale: Osamu Okamura
Curator Shared Cities: The Finale (Discussions, Atlas Exhibition): Helena Doudová
Production management and artistic collaboration: Stefanie Heublein
Production: Zuzana Čermáková & Kamil Pavelka
Communication: Tomáš Moravec & Sofia Tscholakidi & Denisa Šelelyová & Martina Peachment Brehmer
Assistance: Teresa Hilscher & Wolf Arne Storm
Advisory Board: Ivana Černá & Sandra Karácsony (Czech Centres); Martin J. Barry & Ludmila Hasmanová & Gil Cienfuegos (reSITE)
Special Thanks to
Štěpán Bärtl, Barbora Peroutková, Klára Vetterová, Martin Vronský (IPR/ CAMP); Ondřej Hrab, Jindřich Krippner, Jiří Popelka, Pavlína Svatoňová (Divadlo Archa); Haeun 박하은, Marley Ketchum (reSITE); Michaela Kippes, Ondřej Novotný, Jacob Zitzmann (Goethe-Institut).
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