Creating a City You Can Call Your Own

A session at PICNIC '11

Wednesday 14th September, 2011

11:40am to 12:00pm (AMT)

"Consultation", "participation", "co-design" and "community" are the popular mantras of responsible city development. But often what is sold or practiced in these terms is not the least bit collaborative or empowering, nor is it in the best interests of local citizens. When this kind of deception is revealed, it can lead to irresponsible behavior—and expressions of social injustice—like those we witnessed in the recent London riots.

How do we design and deliver fair and equitable development in our cities? How do we foster innovation and create cities that enable citizens to be as productive, successful and happy as possible? How do we get landowners to see social change as part and parcel of their 'license to operate'?

In this session, David Barrie will talk about a number of for-profit and non-profit projects he's been involved with that have been designed to create vibrant communities centered around shared values, well-being, and local identity. These projects look toward a 'New Deal for Cities', financed in inventively, using public space in imaginative ways and seeking to create new opportunities for people to call their city their own.

About the speaker

This person is speaking at this event.
David Barrie

Urban renewal creative, social entrepreneur, media producer, cultural lackey. bio from Twitter

Sign in to add slides, notes or videos to this session


Netherlands Netherlands, Amsterdam

14th16th September 2011

Tell your friends!


Time 11:40am12:00pm AMT

Date Wed 14th September 2011

Short URL


View the schedule


See something wrong?

Report an issue with this session