The future of urban development and co-creation of solutions to challenges cities are facing were at the core of discussions at the City Development Forum held in Poznan (PL) on 6 and 7 December 2017.
With more than 400 delegates from all over Europe, they discussed issues such as:
- How to stimulate, foster and support increased civic participation;
- The importance of integrated policy making in urban development;
- The changing face of sustainable urban mobility;
- The role of Technology in shaping the future of a ‘Smart City’;
- The role of the Cultural and Creative Industries in Placemaking; and
- Utilising ‘design thinking’ to develop effective policy interventions;
The event pushed the idea that a two-way process of co-operation and exchange of ideas between the institutions and the residents is required to help shape the future direction of the modern city.
Here are six ‘take-aways’ from the forum:
1. New ‘collaborative’ governance models boost sustainable urban development
“In such uncertain times, it is vital for cities to build solid and balanced structures for governing their development, that can replace the somewhat traditional, inefficient models of the past” noted Dr Jerzy Kociatkiewicz, Senior Lecturer in Management from The University of Sheffield .
He advanced the idea that cities should become increasingly important in development terms (because they are free from nationalist interests) and argued strongly for the adoption of more collaborative governance models, which place a stronger emphasis on cooperation, rather than competition or individualism. (…)
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