Globally Networked Urbanism: Towards Next Economy Futures

10 - 12 May 2016, 10:00 - 17:00. Fenixloods II, Rotterdam, Free

Globally Networked Urbanism: Towards Next Economy Futures
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10 - 12 May 2016 10:00 - 17:00

The Globally Networked Urbanism workshop is a substantive collaboration between IABR, Urban Futures Studio of the University of Utrecht and TwentyOne. During this three-days workshop we introduce you to various agents of change and develop collective knowledge and collaborative action to boost urban transformation.

Next Economy Futures

Globally, there are many experiments where cities position themselves in light of imagined ‘next economy’ futures. Experiments in which triple value models are (co)created, technological and social innovations smartly connected, new financial rules developed and the roles of public and private partners are being reassessed. We can discern that successful experiments hinge on particular ‘agents of change’ who play a crucial catalysing role. Without these agents of change it is difficult to reach innovations that surpass the interests of individual stakeholders and ultimately lead to urban system change.

Globally Networked Urbanism Workshop

The Globally Networked Urbanism workshop is a substantive collaboration between IABR, Urban Futures Studio of the University of Utrecht and TwentyOne (the urban initiative of CSR Netherlands). With this collaboration, the three organisations aim to offer continuity, learning and embeddedness to the cases that will feature in the biennale.

The 'how' of urban transformation

During these three days we want to gain more insight into the ‘how’ of urban transformation, specifically focusing on the question how to catalyse system change and conduce this from a perspective of policy makers, finance and legislation.

Addressing three main questions

For this purpose selected agents of change from twelve international cities are invited to present their initiatives and address three main questions, together and with others:

  1. How did the cases/projects come about, especially focussing on breakthroughs and bottlenecks. Articulation of drivers and barriers.
  2. How do we scale, embed and structurally secure the results of these cases?  
  3. How can we enhance the transformative role of agents of change, at local and global level?

Core of the workshop

Core of the workshop is comprehending each other’s processes, methodologies and results. This is necessary in order to develop robust new urban models that are evidence-based: built on knowledge and lessons learned of existing urban cases.

Output

Output lies in operationalising each other’s knowledge, experience and practices. This generates a body of evidence of viable alternatives to the current top-down and unsustainable urban models. To render this evidence transparent, we will have to develop a common language and instruments. Armed with that, we can offer sustainable value propositions to bigger system players (financial sector, corporates and governments). Deliverable of these three days workshop is a ‘call to action’ with concrete recommendations and follow up activities.

Draft programme

10 May 10:00 – 17:00     Agents of change worksessions on cases, methodology & own role
10 May 18.00 – 21.00     Informal diner and individual meetings

11 May 10:00 – 14:00     Excursion and analysis of Dutch examples
11 May 16:00 – 18:00     Preparation dialogues with public and private actors

12 May 10:00 – 12:00     Dialogue with representatives financial sector
12 May 12:30 – 14:00     Informal lunch and individual meetings
12 May 15:00 -  17:00     Dialogue with representatives government institutions
12 May 17:00 – 19:00     Informal drinks & individual meetings

Invited participants

Agents of change from twelve international cities are invited to present their cases. In the upcoming weeks we will introduce them on our community TwentyOne.

For more information and media inquiries, please contact our project assistant Saro Campisano.

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