An array of events will be created by Shared Cities, over one hundred and fifty in total, encompassing festivals, films, exhibitions, workshops and artists’ residencies. They will all focus upon the project’s core themes of sharing, cultural development and alternative planning and architectural visions. A small sample of these events includes planning games (featuring challenges for architects and citizens to design their ideal cities together) and hackathons for street furniture (where artists and the public will devise creative and radical new forms and uses of street furniture).
We are also pleased to announce large-scale urban design research projects, five in total, focusing on captivating and contemporary issues. These include projects such as a newly constructed digital map in Katowice, emanating from research about informal actors related to cultural and creative industries, which is proving increasingly essential before formulating strategies for such industries.
Others include themes such as strategies for reviving the iconic ruins of the communist era and the development of ‘shared governances’ in Budapest that will test ways that NGOs can embrace the complex process of reinvigorating a former industrial area of Csepel Island – by creating and blending online and offline means for participation.
Another will utilise public experts in Bratislava by forging practices in which NGOs can develop public spaces – in this case the largest square in Bratislava, Námestie SNP. These exemplary projects combine international experience with local knowledge of the conditions in Central Europe’s cities. This will be a precedent-setting and invaluable prototype for future schemes.
Shared Cities will also address innovative ways to publish, display and communicate what we create within ‘curatorial labs’. Within these labs, professionals and the public will exchange ideas about how to utilise data-driven design for superior public engagement and methods such as using films to convey architecture and culture as a whole in new and exciting ways.
By the end of the year a common web platform will be launched to kick-start this project, in addition to an annual magazine published from 2017 onwards, bringing together our work and progress. At the end of the project, a travelling exhibition and film will share the results of the entire project throughout all the Partners, the worldwide network of the Goethe-Institut and Czech Centres to share its knowledge and accomplishments.
Shared Cities: Creative Momentum is a European cultural platform addressing the urban challenges of contemporary European cities. SCCM is a joint project of Goethe-Institut (DE), Czech Centres (CZ), reSITE (CZ), Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava (SK), Association of Belgrade Architects (RS), Contemporary Architecture Centre (HU), Katowice City of Gardens (PL), KUNSTrePUBLIK (DE), Mindspace (HU), Old Market Hall Alliance (SK), Res Publica – Cities Magazine (PL). Co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union. Local partner: Regional Institute of Culture in Katowice.