2020 ratified the end of linear planning. The idea of programming as a reassuring navigation exercise between signposts - a certain revenue threshold, clients, project calendars, but also personal calendars, holidays, celebrations, wrecked. Think of 2020 as an accelerate training on non-deterministic and interdisciplinary thinking, with supporting evidence from a global scale pilot. How to navigate 2021?
, a recently launched project I am a partner of, had to deal from day 0 with this impossibility to plan as usual, moreover in a context of urban regeneration planning (double discomfort cheese on top, please). The mission across several European cities is to leverage the time in-between the adoption of a regeneration masterplan and its actual realisation (“life”, as argued by the project officer during our first public event
). This time is used to create meanwhile spaces
, means of collective place prototyping and learning in light of stable uses and functions. My role there is to curate the exploration of participatory smart city notions.
Collective place-making stands as a solid answer to a multidimensional planning demand. It creates equality and a sense of belonging on a small scale while aligning them on a broader collective interest. It is something urbanism can do effectively only together with other disciplines, and that it should generously lend to different contexts too. What does place-making look like in the digital classroom? And in the remote office? And in the presence of a hospital room? How to inhabit all the meanwhiles generated by technology?