Case Studies

Children's Mayor

  • Posted on: 25 September 2017
  • By: Hidde Westerweele

Annually, several cities in the world are holding elections to appoint a new children's mayor. The elections have been established to involve children in cities and in their governance. The children's mayors are allowed to work with the city council for one year and their ideas and activities are being implemented in the cities.

Regulation on collaboration between citizens and the city for the care and regeneration of urban commons - Bologna

  • Posted on: 13 September 2017
  • By: David Steinwender

It all started in 2011: a group of local women were frustrated about their initiative to donate benches to their neighborhood park. With the help of LabGov the city administration then developed a framework that allows public-people-cooperations and support for citizens by the city to take care and modify urban commons which are defined as “tangible, intangible and digital” goods which are “functional to the individual and collective well-being”.

Vorstadtgarten and Transition Day at the annual Lendwirbel Street Festival - Graz

  • Posted on: 13 September 2017
  • By: David Steinwender

Since 2013 the local Transition Town Initiative organizes Transition Day(s) at the Lendwirbel Festival together with the Forum Urbanes Gärtnern. The main focus is to raise awareness on sustainability issues and the creation of an open space resp. a focal point where people can meet. The Vorstadtgarten, which are raised beds and bed-seat-table combinations mostly made of recycled wood, invites people during the first week in May to come together - in the most of the years the beds are in the public space until autumn.

Critical Mass - Reclaim the Streets - worldwide

  • Posted on: 13 September 2017
  • By: David Steinwender

A critical mass is a regularly-happening non-violent direct-action event of bikers to reclaim the streets whereby a big number of people meet to have a bike tour especially using the space dedicated for cars. It aims to reconquer rights and space for bike(r)s and people and address issues e.g. regarding traffic security, the priority of different modes of transport (cars overs bikes), space consumption of cars and also health and environmental issues. It happens in many cities worldwide.

Awesome Foundation

  • Posted on: 5 September 2017
  • By: Loek Hellebrekers

The Awesome Foundation is a worldwide community that is creating awesome ideas! Each period a grant of €1.000 is offered to the most awesome idea, no strings attached. The money is gathered by micro-trustees who work on a local level.  

 

How a city got rid of cars - Pontevedra, Spain

  • Posted on: 4 September 2017
  • By: Susanne Wrighton
Pontevedra, Spain

Context

Pontevedra is located in the northwest region Galica in Spain, and was like many other western cities flooded by cars during the second half of the 20th century. By the end of the 1990s about 52.000 vehicles circulated in the city every day. This changed as Miguel Anxo Fernández Lores, head of a leftist political party, became the mayor of Pontevedra. Lores intended to give the streets back to the people and to pedestrianize the city.

In Action

Neigbourhood Farming in Breda (NL)

  • Posted on: 4 September 2017
  • By: Don Guikink

Short Summary

The neighbourhood "Ginneken" in Breda (near Tilburg) in the South of the Netherlands is a residential area with quite a lot of green space around (the Mastbosch, the oldest cultivated forest in the country). Ginneken (5000 inhabitants; Breda 200.000 inhabitants) has quite a strong neighbourhood community with lots of activities that are being organised, either planned or spontaneously. One of the residents had taken initiative to start a neighbourhood garden in an unused part of the public space. In the public space they grow vegetables together.

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