On February 21-24, we will participate at the seminar “Investigating Artistic Interventions in (Post-)industrial Environments” in Moss/Fredrikstad (Norway), in the frame of the PICTURE project organised by Placcc and Scenekunst Østfold. PICTURE explores the opportunities of collaboration between cross-sector partners and artists in the (post)industrial scene. Also we will focus on how art interventions can re-define and rehabilitate public spaces on different locations, in different national/social contexts.
“Approaches to Participatory Governance of Cultural Institutions” is a two year project (from March 2016 to March 2018) implemented by the Kultura Nova Foundation with the support of UNESCO International Fund for Cultural Diversity. The project focuses on the existing and emerging models of innovative cultural institutions which are arising from sharing creative spaces based on the principles of participatory governance. In the frame of the project, we’re meeting representatives of NGOs and municipalities in seven Croatian cities and discuss existing and new models of civic spaces.
Sala do Arquivo, Paços do Concelho (Praça do Município, Lisboa)
09.02.2017 at 13.30
The URBACT Network Interactive Cities addresses the opportunities of social media and digital platforms in urban governance and participation. As part of the network‘s Lisbon meeting bringing together 10 municipalities from across Europe, we will organise a public event with the participation of politicians from the participating cities. The session aims at discussing with local politicians the role of communication and its governance in urban processes. How do politicians use digital media? What are their challenges? How could they better cooperate with civil servants? How could they better engage with citizens?
A few months ago, together with Vivero de Initiativas Ciudadanas, we organised a 3-day workshop in Madrid, with the participation of Wikitoki, Bilbao (ES), De Besturing, The Hague (NL), La fabrika detodalavida, Los Santos de Mainona (ES), Gängeviertel, Hamburg (DE) as well as Madrid initiatives Instituto Do It Yourself, Goteo, La traviesa coop57, Ecooo, Koiki, Entreaties coop, Madrid Agrocomposta and Hub Madrid. The workshop looked into new models of the civic economy and their impact on Madrid neighbourhoods and helped protagonists of civic spaces from across Europe to share their visions and exchange their experiences. Now you can watch the workshop’s video summary online here.
In January, we participated at a commons-themed study visit to Genova as part of the URBACT Network 2nd Chance. The network looks into the ways to activate of vacant buildings and building complexes in the frame of sustainable urban development.
Among many practitioners of temporary use and the adaptive reuse of vacant buildings and spaces, Eutropian is featured in Das Packhaus‘s new Handbook for temporary use of a vacant urban resource.
Our article “Building Informal Infrastructures: Architects in Support of Bottom-up Community Services and Social Solidarity in Budapest” is finally published! In Katherine Melcher, Barry Stiefel and Kristin Faurest (eds.) Community-Built: Art, Construction, Preservation, and Place. Routledge, 2017
In the past weeks, the Hungarian government resumed its pressure on NGOs. To highlight the importance of civic initiatives in delivering social, cultural and environmental services in Budapest, the KÉK – Contemporary Architecture Centre‘s Lakatlan Budapest program recently published the book Civil Város (Civic City, in Hungarian with English summary), now fully available online!
In November, as part of the Metropolitan Field Trip Vienna, we organised together with Wonderland Platform for European Architecture, Pakhuis de Zwijger, XsentrikArts and Das Packhaus the event Arriving to the Cooperative City: the Vienna Refugee Coalition, including site visits and a public event with bockwerk, Freunde schützen, Purple Eat Marktstand-Restaurant, Magdas HOTEL, Fluchtraum Österreich, Displaced and EOOS. You can read the reports here and here.