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. Together with international placemakers, planners, civil servants, city administrations, among others, we showcased and contextualized local placemaking projects, including PlaceCity Oslo and Vienna.
During the exploratory city walk, we got to know the measures that Vienna put actually into place. The Deputy District Mayor Bernhard Seitz gave the participants insights about the implementation of the projects and the importance to create new public spaces for the people who live in Vienna. The walk was for about three hours long with about 20 participants from Austria, Hungary, Turkey, Argentina among other places. Further information about the Symposium including the recordings of the online sessions can be found on the website. You can have a look on the video about the walk!
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