Human cities/ Urbanism 2.0

Urbanism 2.0 – Creating (invisible) superconnected networks – and building a few children playgrounds along the line

Festivals offer a unique opportunity to test, develop and co-create answers to present-day complex societal challenges. The vibrant energy created by the vast amount of events, audiences and diverse range of international participants, all present during a short period of time, fosters a fertile cross-sectorial ecosystem to generate innovative ideas and concepts.

Belgrade Design Week (BDW) aims to take advantage of these unique momenta to develop the HUMAN CITIES / proposition. We will use its unique appeal of cutting edge international knowledge exchange, networking and career opportunities for professionals on one hand, and on the other hand we will invite partner grassroots projects and individuals to materialize this unique opportunity provided to us by the HUMAN CITIES / project to effectively develop and test new solutions for actual societal challenges, involving local communities and stakeholders in co-creation processes.

Here is a short movie about (second) creative BDW playground for the children of Serbia. Enjoy!

The Grand Creative park of the City of Kragujevac project

These activities are BDW’s contribution to the HUMAN CITIES/ project, co-funded by the “Creative Europe Programme” of the European Union.

The location is an initiative of the Foundation “Dragica Nikolić”, inspired by the experiences of Ms. Nikolić growing up and living in her hometown of Kragujevac, as well as with BDW’s non-profit campaign to build “100 creative playgrounds for the children of Serbia”, in cooperation with the Municipal Government of the City of Kragujevac.

The new concept for Kragujevac’s most important park opens the doors for the development of the Park for at least the next ten years, both through public-private partnerships in financing as well as with full participation of citizens in the decision-making process. That way the city administration boldly goes beyond the local and asks that in the framework of European cities, that belong to the project, estimate the social responsibility of Kragujevac.

As an ecosystem, the Park is a rare urban tissue of park greenery maintained over one hundred years. The benefits of this heritage, the potential social interactions, the microclimate and emotional aspects that it generates, all contribute to the general perception of this type of architecture as a focus point, around which we can gather our attention, assess our will for a better tomorrow and present it as our contribution to the urban community gathered around the pan-European Human Cities/ project.

THANKS

Been a few weeks after the end of the Belgrade Design Week, but in my mind is still alive all the energy collected in the three very intense days in Belgrade. I enthusiastically accepted the invitation to the BDW 2010 but, honestly, I did not expect to live a so unique experience: BDW Conference is an incredible concentration of creativity, freedom, passion and feeling that involves all participants. Amazing the people of the organization guided by the genius and craziness of Jovan!

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