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“Place vs. Space: how refugees led to a successful public space in Greater Cairo”

An interview with Amira Badran, an architect/ urban planner, and placemaker.

The growing population and the increasing density of the Central Greater Cairo, Egypt, created the need of expanding to the surrounding areas. The new cities that developed in the Greater Cairo’s desert faced a lot of challenges. The author researched a successful example of a desert city, that was created by Syrian immigrants and identified three factors that contributed to the success.

“The approach of place-led development will not only connect and make efficient the spaces between buildings leading to more socially-knit communities but also build a governance strategy based on a preset ideology of community-based planning and local development of city spaces.”

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 Place-led Strategy graph by Amira Badran
For cover picture credits: ©Hana Gamal

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“Placemaking for peacemaking in Beirut”

An interview with Rony Al Jalkh, a placemaking activist and practitioner in Beirut. In the diverse Lebanon capital, Beirut, he is joining efforts to promote and establish peacemaking through bringing people together for placemaking. In cooperation with the American University of Beirut, a project within the student’s course,  brought together students, instructors, municipality leaders, civil society organizations and members from the private sector in order to raise awareness, mobilize community, and increase public space provision for peacemaking.  

“The difference between placemaking and peacemaking is only one letter. If we replace the “e” with an “l” in peacemaking, we can begin to work towards ensuring a sustainable peace among the different groups within a community.”

Rony Al Jalkh, in collaboration with STIPO and Notre Dame University, will host the Metropolitan Field Trip in Beirut on the 13th till the 16th of September. For more information about the Field Trip visit our Facebook event. And for more information about Rony Al Jalkh, check out this link on the webpage of PPS.

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Student survey in the streets of Beirut

Neighbourhood intervention site ©Rania Lteif, Mariam Yehya & Jawad Souhaid

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Placemaking Week 2017 is coming to Amsterdam!

Schermafbeelding 2017-09-19 om 09.32.56We are proud to announce the coming Placemaking Week 2017, which will take place this Fall in Amsterdam on October 10-14, 2017Building upon the momentum of last year’s successful event in Vancouver, Project for Public Spaces, in partnership with STIPOThe City at Eye LevelPlacemaking Plus and Pakhuis de Zwijger will host the placemaking event in Amsterdam! 

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“Europe’s Longest Shared Space”

CASE STUDY: Mariahilfer Strasse, Vienna, Austria

An interview with Mascha Onderwater, Landscape architect, Bureau B+B. In this case study Onderwater will tell you something about her project for the Mariahilfer Strasse, a fancy nineteenth century shopping boulevard in Vienna. The City of Vienna wanted to transform the street into an inviting, pedestrian friendly avenue. The 1,6 km long street has been redesigned as a continuous shared space, Europe’s longest shared space, divided into three zones.

Where pedestrians rule the inner zone of the street and the two outer zones designated as ‘shared spaces’. In the shared space principle, cars, bikes and pedestrians all use the same space. It took some time for the people of Vienna to get used to the idea of shared space, Viennese are fond of driving. Interventions likes information meetings, together with the designers, closing down for traffic one afternoon and a referendum about the new design showed that investing in local participation really shows off. In the end, 71% of the people were positive about the transformation of the Mariahilfer Strasse.

 “People now move together in a unified space. They stroll and linger. There are now more places for young people to meet up. (…) A new way of life is evolving.”

– Günther Meier, center-manager

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Before and after, Mariahilfer, Vienna 

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The comment table, Mariahilfer, Vienna
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Scholarship The City at Eye Level Spring Masterclass

This Spring we will host our second City at Eye Level Masterclass! Are you a student or alumni and would you like to join, but is the ticket almost all you earn in a month? We have three scholarships available for the masterclass: €150 (ex. BTW and registration fee). Quick check our conditions and apply!

Context:

We experience a gap between insights from scientific studies on improving the city at eye level and the quality of public space; and how these insights are being used in practice. The City at Eye Level wants to bridge that gap by translating theoretical insights into methods for practice.

Contribution:

Write an article on how you would translate a (theoretical) research into practice (in relation to The City at Eye Level concept, public space, human behaviour, placemaking, place management, long term strategies, etc). It can be either a research you conducted yourself, or someone else’s research that was published and you found inspiring.

Conditions:

  • Status: Student (bachelor (year: 2+) or master) or alumnus (max. since 2 years)
  • Article should be around 800 words.
  • Language: English
  • At least two high resolution pictures, free of rights.
  • Add a short bio of yourself consisting of three lines; when accepted your name will be added to the list of contributors on the website
  • The content should add a new angle or topic not mentioned in the book yet, or deepen an existing topic
  • All contributions are subject to editing
  • Please see an example PDF of a chapter from the current book
  • All good articles will be published on www.thecityateyelevel.com and on our City at Eye Level Facebook page. By submitting you agree with publishing.
  • The writers of the best articles will be selected for the three available spots during the masterclass

Please help promote this call for chapters and the Spring Masterclass through your own channels and networks!

Apply for a scholarship by sending in your submission to us. Deadline for submission: 6 March 2017. 

Winners will be announced on the 8th of March!

 

 

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“Take Action #2 – District: Bottom-up meets top-down at eye level”

Jeroen Laven (STIPO), Gert Jan te Velde (Vanschagen architekten) and Paul Elleswijk (Havensteder), write in Take Action #2 about the transformation of ZOHO, the Zomerhofkwartier in Rotterdam. They explain how they’ve used slow urbanism in this former industrial/business area and the use of local key-players like Roodkapje, Hostel de Mafkees and Restaurant Gare du Nord. Since this is a continuance development, follow their Facebook page for more news and recent developments!

“In 2013, Havensteder decided to take a risk with ZOHO and give ‘slow urbanism’ a change. For a period of 10 years, the area has the opportunity to redevelop itself. Unless a party would come with a financial offer we can’t refuse, ZOHO could give itself new meaning for the city. The area could rediscover its own future.”

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Workshop City at Eye Level – Rome

Ostiense and Laurentino 38, Rome, Italy

January 23 & 24, 2017

Stipo and Vanschagen Architecten, in collaboration with Roma Tre University, ATER, Comune di Roma and the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands invites you to participate in a two-day City at Eye Level workshop in Ostiense and Laurentino 38.

Sign up now! Please contact Jeroen Laven.

Partners:

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(City of Rome)

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(Ostiense)

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(Laurentino)

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(Roma)

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(Laurentino)

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Background information

In the first half of 2016 the Netherlands was chair of the European Union. One of the focus points during this chairmanship was to set an urban agenda. Among others a European Summit was organised in Amsterdam in May 2016, during which a number of frontrunners in areas and methods of urban development were given the stage. The declaration of Amsterdam was signed.

As part of the focus on cities and urban development and a follow up to the EU-chairmanship the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands is supporting a limited number of international cooperations between Dutch and international experts. The City at Eye level is the winner of the open call of the Embassy of the Netherlands on urban challenges. Besides the Embassy, Dutch organisations Stipo and Vanschagen Architecten, the Italian partners Roma 3 University, ANCI, ATER, Eutropean and Comune di Roma are participating.

Focus of the City at Eye Level workshop

The City at Eye Level is an international network of parties working on good streets and buildings. It is both a knowledge network, with parties varying from local level to UN Habitat, and a practitioners network of people working on better streets and buildings.

The City at Eye Level focuses on the level of buildings, streets and areas. It combines hardware, orgware and software. It brings new insights on how to give a boost to projects, and also about the management of projects. The City at Eye Level combines temporary and permanent activities; often temporary improvements can be an important step towards permanent renewal.

The City at Eye Level is being developed further together with many international, including Italian, partners. During the workshop the knowledge of the City at Eye Level will be used on the case studies Ostiense and Laurentino 38.

The aim is that with the workshop new ideas will be formed on how to develop these areas using the insights from the City at Eye Level. Another aim is to form a coalition of partners, with among others the City of Rome, ATER, Roma 3 University and other partners, who can take the lead in the next steps after the workshop. The results of the workshop will be shared with the City at Eye Level network.

Goals:

  • successful exchange of international best practices on Italian and international examples of plinth strategies and redevelopment of residential areas relevant to the Laurentino and Ostiense case
  • Joint development of feasible scenarios for a potential strategy for city district development (area policy) with recommendations for quick, light and cheap actions on the short and mid-long term relevant for future initiatives of all stakeholders.
  • scenarios/ideas/recommendations for place and street management: how to build/maintain/activate/engage coalitions for sustainable strategy for the chosen area.

Learn about:

  • Placemaking: turn public spaces into great places where people want to be;
  • the City at Eye Level: creating streets and places for people;
  • ingredients for a strategy for city district development;
  • adopting a community-based approach: involve and activate ownership;
  • tactical Urbanism: lighter-quicker-cheaper actions on the short and mid-long term;
  • inspiring examples from Italian international practices;
  • exchange with other participants from other disciplines and organizations.

For who?

  • experts working on improving streets, plazas and parks in cities
  • professionals in public space and urban planning, and organisations such as Inarch, INA, Ordine degli Architetti, Biennale dello Spazio Pubblico, Cittalia and others
  • civic leaders active in placemaking and community-driven approaches
  • politicians looking to improve public space
  • entrepreneurs, real estate owners and developers who want to learn about the city at eye level
  • citizens active in their community
  • (Roma Tre) students and young professionals who want to develop their skills

Follow up in the City at Eye Level network

  • The City at Eye Level network consists of partners from all over the world (gathered on our website)
  • The results of the workshop will be presented in the City at Eye Level network, both via the website as in international conferences in 2017. We aim to present the results at the Biennale dello Spazio Pubblico in Rome

The two case studies

The two case studies were selected in close cooperation with our Italian partners Roma 3, Comune di Roma and ATER.

Ostiense

Ostiense is a diverse urban district, with a fragmented structure.  Ostiense’s industrial past creates unique challenges and opportunities for the neighbourhood’s future. High building vacancy rates and underutilization of neighbourhood assets are just a few of the characteristics the neighbourhood.

These are problems but also opportunities for redevelopment. Ostiense is easily accessible thanks to a great number of transportation options. Pedestrian mobility in the area is not great at this moment, but the streets have potential. The neighbourhood’s former industrial structures, although currently eyesores, present a wealth of available, low-cost space that can be utilized in the neighbourhood’s redevelopment as a hip, urban cultural community.

Public space is integral to healthy neighbourhood economies and creates an important venue for interaction among neighbourhood residents while also giving a neighbourhood a sense of identity and character.

Public space can be created by and for the people of Ostiense through current projects and future initiatives, possibly utilizing the neighbourhood’s available waterfront and building space. With a redevelopment of the Mercati Generali and the growth of an entertainment district in Ostiense, the options for accessing the neighbourhood make it well positioned to become a destination within the city of Rome and its metropolitan area. For the redevelopment of Ostiense participation and co-creation is integral to the success of physical development processes and neighbourhood governance in general

Within the workshop we aim to show the potential to use the method of place-making and place-management to give a boost to the Ostiense area. We will analyse the potential of parts of the neighbourhood, make plans for concrete ideas and discuss how these ideas can be implemented. We will explore if the City at Eye Level method brings potential for a cooperative form of place-management for the area, in a way that main parties like the government, Roma 3 University, ATER and other local parties play a key role.

Laurentino 38

Laurentino 38 is an area in the south of Rome build in the 60’s. The buildings were built as islands with connecting bridges. Since the bridges were torn down the neighbourhood lost connection with the neighbouring buildings and the lack of social space and the economic crisis made sure that nowadays it’s a malfunctioning area in Rome. The area struggles with daily-life aspects such as maintenance responsibility, the economic crisis and how to mobilize new local communities and coalitions. There are many activities in the area. The city has plans to improve public space and traffic, private investors are making proposals for new buildings, and ATER wants to improve the area.

In the Laurentino area we will explore the possibilities of bringing some of the economic functions on level 1 to street level, using the City at Eye Level techniques. We explore how the methods can be used to help redevelopment of the area, combining interest of ATER, the City of Rome, developers and other parties in the area.

Within the workshop we hope to connect different levels of expertise in the neighbourhood, and create partnership for strengthening the area, using city at eye level techniques.

Program

The workshop will be in English. We will provide Italian translations for the main material.

Day 1: Monday January 23 2017

Theme: Placemaking, placemanagement, Ostiense

Morning Arrival
09:30

Location: Roma Tre 
Address: La Direzione del Dipartimento di Ingegneria: Via Vito Volterra 62 (primo piano), 00146, Roma
Welcome by Roma 3, ATER and Municipio

Start – Discuss main local challenges and opportunities

10:00 Introduction – The City at Eye Level – Placemaking – international perspective from the UN Habitat to the citymaker movement

Speakers:

Introduction by Jeroen Laven (Stipo) and Gert-Jan te Velde (Vanschagen Architecten).

Professor Pietro Garau & Prof.ssa Marichela Sepe (INU)

Professor Massimo Allulli (ANCI)

11:00 Place Game – learn by doing – using the method. An interactive workshop with all the participants.

Subgroups led by Stipo, Vanschagen Architecten, ANCI, ATER, Roma Tre, INU, Ordine degli Architetti

12:30 Lunch break
13:30

Location: Municipio VIII 
Address: via Benedetto Croce 50, 00142 Roma (Sala Consiliare)
Workshop management and strategy: focus on places. 

Introduction by Jeroen Laven (Stipo) and Gert-Jan te Velde (Vanschagen Architecten)

  • toolbox for lighter-quicker-cheaper action: take action now
  • set up street management coalitions in practice
  • financial examples
  • develop long term strategies for a great city at eye level
15:00 Presentation of ideas for the area
16.00 Closing discussion with ATER, Roma Tre, INU, ANCI, Ordine degli Architetti – a plan for Ostiense – and conclusion
Day 2: Tuesday January 24 2017

Theme: City at Eye Level, improving the plinths in Laurentino 38

Morning Arrival
09:30

Location: Municipio IX 
Address: Largo Peter Benenson, 00143, Roma
Welcome by President of Municipio IX and Vice-Ambassador Joost Klarenbeek, ATER, Roma Tre (to be confirmed)

Start – Current situation and visions for the future

10:00 Introduction – The City at Eye Level, coalitions and strategy

Speakers:

Introduction by Jeroen Laven (Stipo) and Gert-Jan te Velde (Vanschagen Architecten)

Prof.ssa Marichela Sepe (INU): Placemaking case in Rome and the paper for public space

11:00 Workshop the City at Eye Level.
An interactive workshop with all the participants. Subgroups led by Stipo, Vanschagen Architecten, ATER, Roma Tre, INU, Ordine degli Architetti
12:30 Lunch break
13:30 Workshop management and strategy: focus on plinths.

Introduction by Jeroen Laven (Stipo) and Gert-Jan te Velde (Vanschagen Architecten)

  • toolbox for lighter-quicker-cheaper action: take action now
  • set up city at eye level coalitions in practice
  • financial examples
  • develop long term strategies for a great city at eye level
14:30 Presentation of ideas for the area
15.30 Closing discussion with ATER, Roma Tre, INU, Ordine degli Architetti – a plan for Laurentino 38 – and conclusion
16.30 Summary of last two days in the presence of representatives of all partners, Stipo, Vanschagen Architecten, ATER, Roma Tre, INU, Ordine degli Architetti (Vicepresidente Arch. Eliana Congelli), Dutch Embassy
Note for Italian students:
La partecipazione all’evento riconosce agli architetti iscritti ad un Ordine d’Italia n 5 crediti formativi per la giornata del 23/01  (Codice identificativo ARRM1302)

e  5 crediti formativi per la giornata del 24/01 (Codice identificativo ARRM 1303)
Prenotazione obbligatoria online:
http://www.architettiroma.it/formazione/notizie/17532.aspx
http://www.architettiroma.it/formazione/notizie/17533.aspx

If you are interested and would like to participate, please send a mail to Jeroen Laven.

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The City at Eye Level Spring Masterclass

Rotterdam
April 3rd – 5th, 2017

Join us this spring and learn about improving cities and creating great streets and places for people. Discover placemaking and placemanagement, bike-friendly cities, tactical urbanism and how to implement a long term strategy. Become a member of The City at Eye Level community and expand your network with an international and interdisciplinary group of professionals.

Sign up now!

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How do we create great streets and places where people want to be? Join our City at Eye Level Masterclass and learn how to improve cities, streets and places by developing a people-centered approach to placemaking. Learn about analyzing places with eye level and place games, develop a specific strategy by using the City at Eye Level toolbox.

Learn about:

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  • Placemaking: turn public spaces into great places where people want to be
  • Adopting a community-based approach: involve and activate ownership
  • Tactical Urbanism: lighter-quicker-cheaper actions to start change now
  • Develop visions and criteria for newly built areas or for transforming existing areas
  • Mobility and movement: bicycle-friendly cities, infrastructure, culture, and design.
  • Place and street management: building coalitions as a long-term sustainable strategy

Get inspired by examples from international practices and exchange ideas with participants from other disciplines and organizations.

Where:

Rotterdam – Where The City at Eye Level started. Rotterdam is a modernist city that has been working on inner city improvement extensively and has lots of inspiring cases for street improvement and placemanagement.

In Rotterdam, we are based in ZOHO, an area that we brought back to life in the past years, using the tools of The City at Eye Level and Placemaking. Working with the community, STIPO redeveloped this dead area into an innovation district. It is a “Living Lab” for tactical urbanism, reactivating ground floors and vacant buildings, makers and social enterprises, and placemaking and placemanagement.

Program:

Day 1: Great Places. Explore the city. Learn about the theory behind turning anonymous spaces into exciting, lively places where people feel at home — and put your knowledge into practice. We’ll walk and learn about ZOHO. After an deeper introduction on placemaking we’ll be learning by doing by implementing the Place Game tool in a concrete place. We’ll reflect on the method for your own practice afterwards.

Day 2: Great Streets. Exploring streets. We will experience high quality people-centred public spaces in the city that is continually transforming itself. We’ll visit streets in higher and lower income areas, in existing and newly built situations. We will learn about how to get great ‘plinths’ — active ground floors — and streets We will walk and talk with the people behind the transformations. We’ll implement the Eye Level game tool for analysing and improving streets in Rotterdam.

Day 3: Street and Place Management. A day of reflection, developing process strategies and putting ideas into action. We will learn about how to set up processes of change by a range of sessions developing organisation models, processes and business cases for concrete streets and places — inspired by a range of examples from practice. A great chance to share your own practice with the international group.

Guest lectures from various field experts, among others Meredith Glaser of the University of Amsterdam on Bike and People-friendly Cities.

Learn from:

The City at Eye Level initiating partners at Stipo and a network of City at Eye Level contributors, including international leaders in placemaking, urban designers and planners. Guest lecturers from various field experts, among others Meredith Glaser of the University of Amsterdam on Bike and People-friendly Cities.

Through our worldwide network of contributing partners we can help cities and people anywhere to develop strategies to create and improve their own great City at Eye Level.

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Our core partners include Project for Public SpacesGehl ArchitectsFuture of PlacesUN HabitatCopenhagenize and the FAU PUCRS University in Porto Alegre. Next to that, we have a worldwide network of many local partners and contributors with whom we work together to utilize locally rooted knowledge and networks.

For who:

  • experts working on improving streets, plazas and parks in cities
  • professionals in public space and urban planning
  • traffic engineers and bicycle advocates
  • civic leaders active in placemaking and community-driven approaches
  • politicians looking to improve public space
  • entrepreneurs, real estate owners and developers who want to learn about the city at eye level
  • students and young professionals who want to develop their skills

We offer:

  • A three-day course at our headquarters in the centre of Rotterdam
  • Learning by doing at inspiring locations
  • Background material for theory and practice and a pragmatic action toolbox from The City at Eye Level, Project for Public Spaces and Stipo
  • International experience and examples and membership to the international City at Eye Level community 
  • Access to all our open source resources and a copy of The City at Eye Level book
  • An interdisciplinary group at the masterclass and a lasting membership of the global City at Eye Level community

Price:

Fees including lectures, book, materials, local travel costs, lunches and dinner: € 750 (ex. VAT & registration fee)

Or apply for one of three available scholarship for students: fee €150 (ex. VAT & registration fee). For more info and conditions on the submission, click here.

Download the flyer

Sign up now!

If  you’re interested to join us in the spring 2017, please buy a ticket on out Eventbrite page. Or if you are working for an organisation (like a municipality) and you are not able to buy a ticket right away, then send us a mail to sienna.veelders@stipo.nl and we will send you a invoice.