Yes, but there is a problem
Co-production, resilience - new urban policies in Central and Eastern European cities
Cities in Central and Eastern Europe are witnessing a transition in policy making. The emergence and institutionalization of co-produced, open and user driven urban strategies as opposed to the inner mechanisms of public administration is an ongoing learning process for all actors.
Combining global and local economic, social and cultural models and practices, new strategies try to restructure traditional modes of regulating, designing and maintaining the urban commons. Public administration is increasingly open to innovative approaches, but the embedded structures of decision making, the lack of proactivity and responsible ownership often stand in the way of their lasting integration. The need to hack existing legal and political structures during implementation often leads to the distortion of original ideas. Observing such adaptation processes can help us trace systemic patterns and challenges.
The exhibition analyzes urban projects and policies from the CEE region that support more flexible, incomplete, and possibly more resilient urban systems. Understanding these developments in their context may help us find answers to questions such as: How can we turn the fragmentation of information and responsibilities into an interoperable system? Are there new tools of accountability that allows process-based development, durable partnerships and innovation? Can new urban strategies lead to lasting structural change in urban planning? And last but not least: what is the role of designers in this transition?
Júlia Oravecz studied History of Art and Art and Design Management in Budapest. Member of KEK and Kultúrgorilla, she is working as curator and project manager in contemporary design and urbanism. Her main interests are the intersections of urban design and social innovation, the cooperation based use of urban spaces and the practices of temporary use management agencies. Founder and organizer of KEK’s Open! Festival.
Samu Szemerey is an architect and urbanist interested in design as inquiry. His works investigate the relationship of contemporary culture, accessible technology and the human environment. He is a founding member and curator of KÉK Hungarian Contemporary Architecture Center. He has taught, published and lectured internationally.