20-22 November



Title of entry: The big link
City: Antwerp

Short description of the activity/practice

The big link aims to solve mobility problems while strengthening quality of life by covering the Ring road in the city of Antwerp. Unprecedented innovation in governance has been used to deal with hyper complex challenges and to overcome a political deadlock. A highly politicized context, combined with the vast size of the project and the technical challenges resulted in a long-lasting standstill. Co-creative governance methods such as delegating autonomy to experts and opening up to citizens’ involvement have defined our role of local government as honest brokers and helped us reaching consensus between citizens, urban planners, technical engineers and governments involved. Some of the mayor innovations that led to new creative solutions were:

  • mandating an independent curator, equipped with a design capacity to forge a consensus;
  • giving the lead to spatial planners in designing infrastructure leading to integrated solutions;
  • tasking design teams with eliciting citizen knowledge in a research by design process.


Title of entry: From industrial to creative powerhouse – energizing the city
City: Dresden

Short description of the activity/practice

Starting in 2014, the former power station “Kraftwerk Mitte”, an impressive industrial monument dating from the 19th century, was systematically transformed into a cultural and creative centre on the basis of a master plan elaborated in cooperation with several stakeholders. Especially through the integration of “Staatsoperette Dresden” (the city’s operetta theatre) and “Theater Junge Generation” (a theatre for children and young people) as cultural anchors at the heart of the site, a unique opportunity was taken to revitalise an ensemble of high cultural and historical value. By promoting a diverse mix of uses with a broad cultural focus, it was possible to create a vibrant new city location and at the same time a place for encounters between different generations and cultural interests. Development of the site has furthermore delivered sustainable enhancement of the attractiveness, dynamism and liveability of an area of the inner city of Dresden that had suffered urban decline.


Title of entry: Urban Update Pasing
City: Munich

Short description of the activity/practice

The center of Pasing, one of Munich's districts in the West has been transformed. Spatial and sustainable planning of large and small scale projects led to an urban transformation with an emphasis on cooperation in the process. The urban development along the big axis of Hauptbahnhof (main station) – Laim – Pasing was crucial to the evolution in Pasing. With new zoning, an improved intermodal transport was introduced and building ground for residential and commercial areas emerged. The streets and public spaces in the historic center of Pasing were updated and public transport directly connected. To accompany these new developments, in 2009 the City of Munich introduced an urban renewal process for the existing parts in Pasing. With the aid of a German government program (Bund-Länder-Städtebauförderungsprogramm “Aktive Stadt- und Ortsteilszentren”), several actions are still supporting the small scale commercial center of Pasing until 2020. A local district management (Stadtteilmanagement) accompanies the process. With intense participation on the local scale and successful cooperation of the partners, the transformation created a healthy and interconnected part of the city.



Title of entry: REPLICATE Smart Homes
City: Bristol

Short description of the activity/practice

Our REPLICATE Smart Homes project has been innovative in exploring future energy systems and fuel poverty by using Asset Based Community Development and co-design to empower local community organisations to drive change.
In this way, a true partnership approach has been formed from specification through to implementation which has resulted in a legacy of capacity built amongst the community. The immediate impacts have been a diverse project, 31% of participants are from Black, Asian, Minority and Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds, whilst 29% live in social rented housing. Community assets such as a ‘Mobile Future Home’ have been created through co-design from requirements identified by the community. Homes will save an average of £55 per year and contribute the reduction of 100kg in carbon emission per year.


Title of entry: AKIM office
Allparteiliches Konfliktmanagement in München - All-Party Conflict Management in Munich
City: Munich
Short description of the activity/practice

In 2014, the City of Munich set up the central office AKIM (Allparteiliches Konfliktmanagement in München - All-Party Conflict Management in Munich) in the Department of Social Services. This office is to cohesively intervene in a mediating and reassuring manner in the event of conflicts over the use of public space. AKIM becomes active in conflicts in public squares, streets, green spaces, where a police deployment would not be proportionate or no regulatory possibilities exist. With its innovative all-party and purely dialogical approach, this body is so far unique in Germany. Commissioned by many different stakeholders from citizens to city council members, using a wide range of methods, always adapted to the respective conflict, AKIM advocates the interests and concerns of all user groups in public space and tries to mediate between them. Where AKIM is active, a transformation is taking place that has a positive impact on living together in Munich.


Title of entry: Re-let my vacant housing scheme
City: Strasbourg

Short description of the activity/practice

Since May 2016, the City of Strasbourg launched a specific scheme to fight against vacancy of private housing and allow poor and modest households to access re-introduce housing, called: "Re-let my vacant housing."
This scheme is based on a preliminary study (to understand the reasons for the vacancy), support activities toward the owners, and the development of a tool box to facilitate rental management.
In two years, around 230 private housing units have been re-leased to poor and modest household and new prospects for improving and increasing the volume of reintroduced housing are being developed.



Title of entry: The İzmir History Design Atelier
City: İzmir

Short description of the activity/practice

The İzmir Tarih (History) Project, carried out by the İzmir Tarih Project Center, was established within the Directorate of Historical Environment and Cultural Assets of İzmir Metropolitan Municipality in 2013, with the participation of local communities and authorities for the purpose of conservation, rehabilitation and regeneration of the 248 hectares of historic city center. The primary beneficiaries of the project are the local communities. The main objective of the project is to improve the relation of the citizens with the city's history. The project also aims to prevent the gentrification of the area during its rehabilitation. From the determination of the objectives to the implementations, the participatory process is carried out in the project. Operational plans for the project are developed through the results of workshops with the participation of local communities and other authorities. The İzmir Tarih Design Atelier was founded in 2015 as a sub-unit of the İzmir Tarih Project Center to act as a communicator between local communities and authorities.


Title of entry: Hôtel Pasteur project
City: Rennes