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