Structures / Processes
Civic Labs for urban change
Layers of planning, between civil society, politics and the economy.
Fundamental questions of future urban development can only be addressed when municipal administrations work alongside civic society. Civic and production labs – along with think tanks – increasingly come into play, shaping new forms and approaches to urban co-existence, as well as the civic economy. City officials are now strategically investing in this kind of ‘know-how’ in order to develop answers addressing the structural and cultural changes of urban societies. Can we form a bridge between such expertise and municipal administrations? What roles do design, art, and culture play in this process, and what (architectural) spaces are then required?