Culture and Cities Empowerment

In the European and international context of growing urbanisation and digital shift, we observe an acceleration of urban, social, cultural and economic fragmentations, reinforced by the economic crisis. This is a major issue at a European level – more than 70% of European citizens live in cities – , but also, more widely, at an international level: prospective studies estimate that in 2025, more than 2/3 of the world population will live in cities.

When dealing with the reduction of urban fragmentations, the traditional top-down process is showing its limits. There is a real demand from citizens, professionals and political stakeholders for new processes to make the city bottom-up and participatory, encouraging inclusive and innovative answers, in order to face the challenges of a changing world and answer to new expectations and uses. There is a shift from a traditional approach based on the simple participation of citizens to a will for empowerment, to support European society changes.

The ECLECTIS publication wonders if processes & activities initiated and implemented by European cultural & creative actors can contribute to citizens’ empowerment in city making, in particular of public spaces.

ECLECTIS: A Contribution from Cultural and Creative Actors to Citizens’ Empowerment


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A contribution from cultural and creative actors to citizens’ empowerment



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