7th Informed Cities Forum

 

Who profits from heritage?

Communities, capital and urban space

 

15–16 October 2019

Warsaw, Poland

 

We invite you to join more than 100 urban thinkers and practitioners from across Europe in the Praga district of Warsaw for the 7th edition of the Informed Cities Forum. The 2019 edition will zoom in on urban regeneration processes, examining their real and potential impacts on people and places. Building on the experience of the OpenHeritage project and the Actors of Urban Change community, the forum will explore new ideas and tools to empower local communities and safeguard urban commons.

The event will gather a mix of urban activists, social entrepreneurs, local and European policy makers, researchers, investors and funders to exchange and learn from one another in a unique arena. The aim is to bring together practical urban regeneration experience with financial and regulatory expertise in order to increase social, economic and environmental benefits for our communities.

The 7th edition of the Informed Cities Forum is co-produced by OpenHeritage and Actors of Urban Change. The event is co-organised by the City of Warsaw with support from the Forget Heritage INTERREG Central Europe project.

programme

 

Location: Creativity Center Targowa (Centrum Kreatywności Targowa), Targowa 56, 03-733 Warsaw

 

 

DAY 1 - Tuesday, 15 October

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8:30-9:00 Registration & Coffee

9:00-9:30 Welcome & Introduction

 

9:30-10:00 Troubles with heritage. Lessons from Warsaw

Heritage sounds like a valuable possession, but in fact, say “heritage” and you may say “trouble”. Because, in the first place, how do we know what heritage is, and secondly, who decides that some architectural and urban achievements are more valuable than others? How does heritage value reflect the changing realities of the society and economy?

In the XX and early XXI century, Warsaw experienced several institutional approaches to its heritage – from highly political decisions to decisions by esteemed experts, reborn local government, grass-root activities of the changing society and market forces. What lessons can Warsaw and other cities draw from this turbulent period?

The opening keynote will set the scene for further discussions, taking a critical look at the processes of urban transformation.

 

10:00-10:45 How is your city changing?

We are all experts in the processes of urban transformation. We shape the cities we live in, we watch them change, have our hopes and dreams and yes, sometimes nightmares too. This lively exchange session will help the participants to quickly get to know each other and dive into the main questions to be explored.

 

10:45-11:15 Coffee break

 

11:15-12:45 Why does heritage matter?

In this session participants will have a chance to meet the people behind Cooperative Heritage Labs, the adaptive reuse laboratories established by the OpenHeritage partners in Rome (Italy), Prädikow (Germany), Sunderland (UK), Pomáz-Nagykovácsi-puszta (Hungary) and Warsaw (Poland) and hear about their experience, future plans and first lessons learned.

OpenHeritage aims at creating sustainable models of heritage asset management. The project puts the idea of inclusive governance of cultural heritage sites together with development of heritage communities at its center. This means empowering the community in the processes of adaptive reuse.

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12.45-13.45 Lunch

 

13:45-17:00 Time to explore! Field workshops


Praga is known for its strong community ties, industrial heritage and vibrant arts scene. Located on the right bank of the Vistula river, Praga largely missed out on the rapid transformation the entire city underwent starting in the 1990s. Long flying under the radar, this neighbourhood is now one of the sites where the future of Warsaw is emerging.

Participants will dive straight into local debates and conflicts, meeting activists, policy makers and experts involved in shaping this unique neighbourhood. Is there a different path that Praga can follow, learning from the mistakes of many European cities? Can this experience of transformation resonate with others, facing similar challenges in their neighbourhoods?
        
The workshops will serve to showcase different aspects of urban regeneration in Warsaw, with a focus on Praga, and brainstorm together about possible ways forward.

 

19:00-22:00 Praga after hours: evening event

After a long day of focused discussions it’s time to continue the exchange in a less formal atmosphere. There will be good food, interesting people and... some surprises.

 

DAY 2 - Wednesday, 16 October

8:30-9:00 Registration & Coffee

 

9:00-9:30 Opening and reflections from Day 1

 

9:30-10:00 Reclaiming the city for people. Lessons from Lisbon

Lack of affordable housing, social exclusion and gentrification, spurred by capitalist logic of maximizing profits, are challenges few cities in Europe are immune to. Luckily, an increasing number of cities are looking to pursue an alternative vision of urban development, built on community empowerment, common good and respect for nature. Lisbon is at the forefront of this global movement and the participants will have a chance to hear more about their experience so far and plans for the future.

 

10:00-12:00 Room full of ideas: grab your seat!

Establishing a community land trust, seeking to fund your activities or curious how to set-up a sustainable business model for an old factory turned community centre? These and many more questions will be addressed in a series of conversations with experts and practitioners from across Europe.

Have a question you would like to see answered in the field of urban regeneration, adaptive heritage reuse or non-speculative urban development? Let us know and we will try to find out a person who can help you.

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12:00-13:00 Panel discussion: Funding a Co-Operative City

The money question is the cold shower being served to changemakers and dreamers across the world. Should we be afraid of it? Is it possible to have neighbourhoods and projects that are sustainable, just and financially feasible? Participants will find out more about new legal and financial models being implemented across Europe.

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13:00-13:30 Closing & next steps

 

13:30-14:30 Lunch

Heritage: People. Places. Potential.

 

 

Cultural heritage, both tangible and intangible, has the potential to bring people together around shared values and help them work towards a more prosperous future.
However, in many European cities cultural heritage has been forgotten, exploited for private profit or interpreted to fit current political needs. To resist and reverse these processes, we need to understand:

  • What is the economic, social and environmental impact of urban regeneration processes, both real and potential?
  • Who is or should be involved in these processes, how can we share responsibilities and solve conflicts?
  • What kind of financial, legal or practical solutions exist to safeguard community interests and what kind of support is needed to strengthen and share them?

Why Praga?

Praga Informed Cities

 

Praga is known for its strong community ties, industrial heritage and vibrant arts scene. Located on the right bank of the Vistula river, Praga largely missed out on the rapid transformation the entire city underwent starting in the 1990s. To remedy this, the city has developed an Integrated Urban Regeneration Programme (2015-2022) focused on priority areas within Praga, where high levels of poverty, unemployment and crime co-exist with low quality of built environment.At the same time, Praga, with its central location and recent infrastructure investments, is a prime candidate for gentrification, as evidenced by a number of vacant buildings and lots currently under development.

Is there a different path that Praga can follow, learning from the mistakes of many European cities? Participants will dive straight into local debates and conflicts, meeting activists, policy makers and experts involved in shaping this unique neighbourhood.

 

 

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