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  •  cooperation

Antwerp - The Big Link

In 2016 Antwerp introduced innovative governance methods to overcome public opposition to a ring road extension project. The resulting co-created plan to cover over the road not only resolves citizens’ main objection by reducing pollution from the motorway. It also creates new green spaces for communities and a more cohesive and connected city.

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case study date : 11-10-2019

  •  knowledge society

Bristol’s Smart Homes

Bristol has taken community engagement to the next level to encourage and enable citizens to test tomorrow’s energy technology today. Its co-developed smart appliances project is helping households save money, communities build capacity and the city explore new energy systems and their impact on fuel poverty and carbon emissions.

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case study date : 11-10-2019

  •  culture

Dresden’s arts centre

Dresden has converted an abandoned power station into a vibrant cultural centre on time, on budget and to great acclaim with the help of a cooperative approach and structured dialogue process. The project has achieved its objective of giving two municipal theatres a city-centre home and catalysed the revitalisation of the district.

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case study date : 11-10-2019

  •  culture

Izmir - History Design Atelier

Izmir has created a democratic design platform that enables local people’s needs to drive micro-scale urban regeneration interventions. This design atelier sits at the heart of a major revitalisation project, acting as a communicator between authorities and communities and developing citizens’ ideas for enhancing their quality of life and connection to the city’s history.

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case study date : 11-10-2019

Munich’s conflict management office

Munich has developed a method of mediation through dialogue to ensure citizens feel safe and comfortable in public spaces. By advocating all user groups’ interests and concerns, the all-party conflict management (AKIM) team is transforming how people feel about city living, increasing self-responsibility among citizens and giving decision-makers insights into issues affecting peaceful coexistence.

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case study date : 11-10-2019

  •  cooperation
  •  mobility

Munich - urban update Pasing

Munich has adopted an urban renewal process focussing on cooperation and integration to transform the district of Pasing. By bringing together public and private stakeholders and funding, the city has succeeded in unifying old and new areas and transport infrastructures to create a healthy, interconnected district fit for the future.

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case study date : 11-10-2019

  •  culture

Rennes - hotel of projects

Rennes has put citizen empowerment and experimentation at the heart of a project to find a new purpose for a former science faculty building. The resulting ‘hotel of projects’ welcomes diverse temporary initiatives reflecting the immediate needs of a community in motion, establishing a new kind of inclusive creative and learning space.

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case study date : 11-10-2019

Strasbourg’s Re-let my vacant housing scheme

Strasbourg has developed a novel scheme enabling vacant private housing to be reintroduced as social housing. Through support for owners of empty homes and a toolbox for rental management, the city is creating more affordable homes for poorer households while also promoting social diversity and sustainable development.

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case study date : 11-10-2019

  •  culture

Zaragoza - Harinera culture centre

Zaragoza has established the first public cultural centre in Spain co-managed by the city and citizens. Started as an experimental project to provide equality of access to culture, Harinera ZGZ has become a successful, sustainable space dedicated to participation, empowerment and transformation of the neighbourhood through creativity.

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case study date : 11-10-2019

  •  culture

Cities in action: Dusseldorf linking up creatives

Dusseldorf has pioneered a new kind of proactive support agency to enable the growth of the creative industries. KomKuK stimulates collaboration, activity, innovation and enterprise, simultaneously raising the city's profile as a creative force and citizens' quality of life.

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case study date : 10-10-2019