Placemaking Europe

Tooltest Day Crew

The “Tooltest Day Crew” is a group of experienced urban professionals, planners and designers, based in different countries around Europe: Todor Kesarovski (Norway), Milena Ivkovic (Netherlands), Angel Bondov (Bulgaria), and Viktor Kasala (Slovakia).

 

We are united by the common passion for experimenting with hands-on approaches for urban transformations. Our goal is to support the placemaking movement with active knowledge-exchange on tools for developing public spaces in an open, inclusive co-design process. The Tooltest Day Crew pursues this vision by initiating thematic “Tooltest Day” events which bring together placemakers and wider audiences eager to experiment with alternative approaches towards tactical rehabilitations, spatial adaptations or innovative designs. The “Tooltest Day Crew” is part of the wider Placemaking Europe knowledge-exchange and networking platform.

MISSION

VISIBILITY FOR PLACEMAKING TOOLS
To provide more visibility for placemaking tool(boxes), to highlight their implementation potentials internationally and earn recognition for the placemaking tools’ value in the process of urban development policy making.
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HANDS ON PRACTICES
To familiarise wider audiences (of both design and planning professionals as well as citizens) with hands-on placemaking tools and educate these audiences how to use them as means for inclusive, sustainable way of urban (re)development of neighbourhoods and cities.
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ANALYSE & PROTOTYPE
To compare, analyse and offer “proof of concept” for placemaking tools through rapid prototyping and tactical urbanism experiments, to share and disseminate the generated knowledge on practical implementations among urban professionals.
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Space Sensation Tooltest, Valencia, ES. cc) Todor Kesarovski, 2019. 

Light up your street Tooltest, Rotterdam, NL. cc) 2020

AMBITION

Since June 2019, the “Tooltest Day Crew” has facilitated three individual editions of the “Tooltest Day” tactical urbanism events, and all of them were coordinated internationally. 

Our next step is to further upscale the “Tooltest Day” events formula, publish the main findings, data and in-depth perspectives of the first three individual editions, as well as build upon the collected experiences and develop the initiative further collaboratively with the hands-on placemaking experts globally.

 

Past Tooltest Days

1/ “Space Sensation” Tool Testing – in Silistra and Varna (BG), Bratislava (SK), Barcelona and Valencia (ES), Stavanger (NO) and Budapest (HU). ;

 2/ “Light Up Your Street” Tool Testing – in Rotterdam (NL), Stavanger (NO), Bratislava (SK), and Stockholm (SE) and Haskovo (BG);
 3/ “Climate Adaptation” Tool Testing / “Placemake Earch Challenge”, organised in collaboration with Placemake Earth and Placemaking US – in Fort Lauderdale, Raleigh, Pontiac, Santa Ana, Long Beach (USA), Tokyo (JP), Stavanger (NO), Bratislava (SK), as well as various cities in the Netherlands and Bulgaria during the Corona19 lockdown

Working Group Leaders & Active Participants

Todor Kesarovski
Milena Ivkovic
Angel Bondov
Viktor Kasala

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Routines & Rhythms

The Tooltestday Crew Working Group meet on a regular basis online, often monthly, but we may meet more frequently depending on an upcoming Tool Test Day!

 

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