How are urban communities changing in Europe?
Yota Lab / Zoom
November, 20-22 and 28 / 2020
AUTUMN MEETINGS
About the Autumn Meetings
In the Autumn Meetings 2020, together with European and Russian experts, we will discuss the role of urban communities and bottom-up projects, aims and challenges that they face.

Upcoming event
will be held at the Rosa House of Culture, Bolshaya Raznochinnaya, 24
* the nearest metro station: Chkalovskaya
Moscow time
Day 4 of the Autumn Meetings
November, 28 / Saturday
13.00 - 15.00
Discussion “How is the role of public art for communities changing?"
Speakers:
  • The architecture, art and design practice MYCKET: designer and artist Mariana Alves Silva, architect and artist Dr. Katarina Bonnevier, artist and architect Thérèse Kristiansson (Sweden)
  • Matthias Einhoff, co-founder and director of the ZK/U — Center for Art and Urbanistics in Berlin (Germany)
  • Anna Bitkina, curator, co-founder of the curatorial collective TOK, initiator and curator of the public art project Critical Mass, which has been held in open spaces and public institutions of St. Petersburg since 2011 (Russia)

Moderator:
  • Lilia Voronkova, anthropologist, curator of art-science projects, manager of educational and international exchange programs; researcher and analyst in academic and consulting projects in the field of urbanism, CISR in St. Petersburg (Russia)
  • Dmitry Vilensky, artist and educator. Founding member of Chto Delat (What is to be done?), main facilitator of a School of Engaged Art in St. Petersburg (Russia)
More about this discussion
Citizens' associations perceive artists working with and in the city in different ways: for some communities 一 it is an opportunity to express themselves through art and unconventional solutions, for others 一 it is an invasion of their space and an attempt to impose new values and meanings.
How in reality does site-specific art and socially engaged art interact with communities? Who has the right to create art and do communities have the right to influence it? How does art become a catalyst for urban change?

After discussion: open space / communication / interactive formats

Meet our speakers
Roel Schoenmakers
Initiator and founder of the Cascoland project
Netherlands

Annbritt Jørgensen
Founder of the Skraldecaféen project
Denmark
Pepijn Kennis
Member of Brussels City Parliament, President of Agora group
Belgium
Beata Chomątowska
Writer, journalist, activist, Head of Association for civic and cultural initiatives Muranów Station
Poland
Jesse Jop Jorg
Creative Citymaker and Founder of WeTheCity and initiator of projects like BenchesCollective, ROEF, Boiling, HOBU, 11UTD and closely involved with projects like The Neighborhood Campsite and Lola Lik
Netherlands
Remco Moen Marcar

Design and development of brand activities. Founder of impact agency Frank Lee and projects like ROEF. Initiator of the Dutch Championships Tile Lifting and the Rainbar. Former chairman of De Ceuvel

Netherlands

Hocine Aliouane-Shaw
Founding member of Bruit du frigo, architect & urban planner, associate professor at Bordeaux school of architecture and landscape
France

Katja Lindroos & Ramon Maronier
Founders of Urban Practice Ltd, initiators and executive producers of festival of neighbourhoods Lähiöfest, international conference on cities People-Driven City, program for comprehensive schools Kaupunkioppi – City Learning and Nordic CityMaking Week
Finland & Netherlands
Matthias Einhoff
Co-founder and director of the ZK/U — Center for Art and Urbanistics in Berlin
Germany
Máté Lukács
Járókelő project ー coordinator of volunteers, communication with local councils and public service companies
Hungary
Project Park Fiction
Hamburg
Germany
The architecture, art and design practice MYCKET
Designer and artist Mariana Alves Silva, architect and artist Dr. Katarina Bonnevier, artist and architect Thérèse Kristiansson
Photo by: Linn Ahlgren
Sweden
Camilla van Deurs
City Architect for the City of Copenhagen
Photo by: Københavns Kommune/Troels Heien
 Denmark
Anna Bitkina
Curator, co-founder of the curatorial collective TOK, initiator and curator of the public art project Critical Mass, which has been held in open spaces and public places in St. Petersburg since 2011
Russia

Our moderators
Elena Stein

Director of the CISR e.V. Berlin

Russia

Elena Belokurova

Director of the German-Russian Exchange in Saint-Petersburg

Russia

Alexandra Nenko

Assistant professor at the Institute of Design & Urban Studies at ITMO University, Head of the Quality of Urban Life Laboratory

Russia

Olga Mnishko
Coordinator of participatory projects
 Russia
Marina Tsai

Consultant for the development of the urban environment and communities, "Good City of Petersburg Charity Foundation" member, assistant to a deputy in the Moscow Region, Vladimirsky District

Russia

Lyuba Krutenko

Architect at MLA + SPb

Russia

Oleg Pachenkov
Sociologist, researcher, organiser and coordinator of research and educational projects; consultant in the field of urban development and urban planning; project manager at the Center for Humanistic Urbanism UP (Urbanism & Participation), EUSPB
 Russia
Ilya Matveev

North-Western Institute of Management RANEPA

Russia

Lilia Voronkova
Anthropologist, curator of art-science projects, manager of educational and international exchange programs; researcher and analyst in academic and consulting projects in the field of urbanism, CISR in St. Petersburg
Russia
Dmitry Vilensky
Artist and educator. Founding member of Chto Delat (What is to be done?), main facilitator of a School of Engaged Art in St. Petersburg
Russia
Previous events and discussions
Day 1
November, 20 / Friday
18.30 - 19.00
Gathering of guests and participants
19.00 - 19.30
Opening of the Autumn Meetings 2020, welcoming speech by the organisers, presentation of the partners
19.30 - 21.00
Discussion "How are urban communities gaining power?"
Speakers:
  • Roel Schoenmakers, initiator and founder of the Cascoland project (Netherlands)
  • Project Park Fiction in Hamburg (Germany)
  • Annbritt Jørgensen, founder of the Skraldecaféen project (Denmark)
  • Hocine Aliouane-Shaw, founding member of Bruit du frigo, architect & urban planner, associate professor at Bordeaux school of architecture and landscape (France)

Moderator:
More about this discussion
In cities, people are increasingly grouping together to change the city at different levels and make it more interesting, safe and environmentally friendly. Communities arise for different reasons, have different resources and interact with the city in different ways. In this discussion, we want to talk about the process of community emergence and its involvement in the urban agenda, as well as the extent to which it affects changes in the urban context.
What are communities and why do they emerge? How do they grow and develop? What is their strength? How do communities, citizens, authorities and businesses come together? Why listen to communities and why is their vision important?
from 21.00 onwards
Informal part / communication
Day 2
November, 21 / Saturday
12.00 - 14.00
An online tour through De Ceuvel: building together, circularity and time
Speakers:
  • Remco Moen Marcar, founder of impact agency Frank Lee, former chairman of De Ceuvel (Netherlands)
  • Jesse Jop Jorg, Creative Citymaker and Founder of WeTheCity (Netherlands)
Moderator:
  • Olga Mnishko, coordinator of participatory projects (Russia)
15.00 - 17.00
Open space for guests from other cities
Moderator: Elena Belokurova, director of the German-Russian Exchange in Saint-Petersburg
17.00 - 18.00 
Open space / communication / interactive formats
18.00 - 19:30
Discussion "How are urban and local communities building and transforming from inside?"
Speakers:
Moderator:
More about this discussion
Building connections within a community can have a direct impact on their behaviour in the urban environment and on the nature of the community. For citizens who come together to achieve common ideas and goals, there is always the question of how to make their community more sustainable and effective.
How do we build the right community strategy and model? What internal tools and resources do communities have? How do we engage people, expand the community, and build communication between community members? What is the role of the open spaces and/or neighbourhood centres in the community building?

Day 3
November, 22 / Sunday
12.00 - 14.00
Discussion “What it means to be an urban activist…”
Co-moderators:
  • Elena Stein, director of the CISR e.V. Berlin
  • Lilia Voronkova, anthropologist, curator of art-science projects, manager of educational and international exchange programs; researcher and analyst in academic and consulting projects in the field of urbanism, CISR in St. Petersburg
  • Oleg Pachenkov, sociologist, researcher, organiser and coordinator of research and educational projects; consultant in the field of urban development and urban planning; project manager at the Center for Humanistic Urbanism UP (Urbanism & Participation), EUSP.
More about this discussion
This panel discussion will be dedicated to the phenomenon that is often referred to as “urban activism”: who is “an urban activist”? Who can call themselves so and who cannot and why? What else should this activity and these people be called? Is professionalisation possible in the field of activism? What does it mean? What to call themselves and how to act in the near future? With whom to cooperate and with whom not? We would like to discuss these topics together with the guests and participants of the session.

Discussion programme:
  • Film screening “Let’s do this way”/”Davai tak” (directed by Elena Stein, 2020; 18 min);
  • Book presentation “Urban Activism in Eastern Europe and Eurasia. Strategies and Practices”. Ed. by Tsypylma Darieva and Carola Neugebauer, Dom Publishers, Berlin, 2019;
  • Discussion with guests and participants about the scope and appropriateness of the use of the terms “activist / activism”, possible and necessary alternatives;
  • Film screening “Empathic people” (2018, 8 min);
  • Discussion about the need and limits of cooperation for urban activists. With whom? What for? When? With whom certainly not?
15.00 - 17.00
Practice-oriented Public Talk “New Ways of Strengthening Urban Communities: Experiences of Brussels Citizens’ Assembly”
Speaker:
  • Pepijn Kennis, member of Brussels City Parliament, President of Agora group (Belgium)

Сo-moderators:
  • Marina Tsai, consultant for the development of the urban environment and urban communities, "Good City of Petersburg charity foundation" member, assistant to a deputy in the Moscow Region, Vladimirsky District (Russia)
  • Lyuba Krutenko, architect at MLA + SPb (Russia)
More about this public talk
Pepijn Kennis, regional member of the parliament in Brussels, politically represents Agora and its Brussels Citizens’ Assembly. In this talk, he will go over the reasons ‘why’ and the practical aspects of ‘how’ such a citizens’ assembly can and should work together with the existing political system.
Agora.Brussels is a citizens’ movement with the objective of installing a permanent citizens’ assembly in the Brussels Capital Region. This deliberative assembly should be composed through random selection of citizens, have a legislative mandate, and work on the basis of frequent rotation. To achieve their objective, the movement decided to run for elections and obtained one seat in the regional parliament. This seat allows them the (financial and human) resources to organise such an assembly, and the political legitimacy to defend its decisions and to push for an institutional reform.
The Talk and discussion will be especially interesting for the members of the local councils and activists as well as to everybody interested in the local politics and current debates on democracy.
17.00 - 18.00
Open space / communication / interactive formats
18.00 - 19.30
Discussion: "How will urban communities change in the future?"
  • Pepijn Kennis, member of Brussels City Parliament, President of Agora group (Belgium)
  • Katja Lindroos (Finland) & Ramon Maronier (Netherlands), founders of Urban Practice Ltd, initiators and executive producers of festival of neighbourhoods Lähiöfest, international conference on cities People-Driven City, program for comprehensive schools Kaupunkioppi – City Learning and Nordic CityMaking Week.
  • Camilla van Deurs, City Architect for the City of Copenhagen (Denmark)
More about this discussion
In this concluding discussion we would like to address the following questions ー How will communities change and what new challenges will they face? How will communities change civil society? What role will communities play in shaping the urban agenda in the future? Will this lead to new forms of urban governance?
What is a city without urban communities? Is it possible and what consequences it has?

19.30 - 20.00
Summarizing
from 20.00 onwards
Informal part
Autumn Meetings are free for everyone
Everyone is welcome to attend the event in person at Yota Lab or in Zoom online!
Where will the Autumn Meetings be held
Yota Lab in St.Petersburg / online platform ZOOM
Yota Lab, Saint Petersburg, Russia
Address: 74 Obvodny Canal Embankment, Building X

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