In early July 2020 the PlaceCity Symposium explored the potential of placemaking as a tool for urban regeneration. Especially, in times of COVID-19, we were asking how we can extend public spaces in need to enjoy our cities better. Does placemaking as a tool contribute towards a more caring and resilient urban future? The PlaceCity Symposium spanned two online days, June 30th from 14 – 16 CEST and July 1st from 14 -16 CEST, and an exciting "offline" explorative walk on July 2nd.
After reflecting on how different cities, including Vienna, Oslo, Madrid, Barcelona and Buenos Aires, responded to Covid-19, we explored the possibilities and limitations we need to address through the experiences of different local contexts, to achieve a shift stand in collaboration and placemaking.
The speakers of the first symposia day were:
Johannes Riegler, JPI Urban Europe
Adam Curtis, Nabolagshager Oslo
Roland Krebs, Superwien Urbanism
Barbara Slotta, City of Vienna
Lucia Scopelliti, City of Milan
Caro Huffmann, Urbanismo Vivo in Buenos Aires
Silvia Casorrán, Barcelona Metropolitan Area
Levente Polyak, The Cooperative City magazin, Budapest
Barbara Laa, TU Wien / Platz für Wien, Vienna
Anthony Garcia, Street Plans Collaborative, Miami
Bahanur Nasya (moderator)/Eutropian in Vienna and Ramon Marrades/Placemaking Europe in Valencia moderated the lively discussion, bringing together experiences from Europe and America.