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Terry Torok

Founder at Angel Producers, Founder at Live from Earth


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The City 2.0 according to YOU... 2 Things a City that YOU design, Must Have...

1. 2. The City that Becomes You... [ Brevity and Bravado Appreciated ]


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    Mar 13 2012: The city I'd like to live in..... will emerge as a product of designed inclusive processes that engage the population in the decisions that effect them. It will reflect their amazing creative talents, their capacity to listen and understand the others point of view, their capacity to empathise. It will be a dynamic city, for ever changing in response to new challenges and new ideas. It's structures will be the vehicles for learning, about each other, about ourselves. It will be a place for excitement and dignity, creativity and reflection, experience and learning. All in all, it will be fantastic because it will reflect our collective possibilities. The most important thing it must have is the opportunity for those that live there to be actively engaged in its creation.
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      Mar 24 2012: beautifully articulated... agreed...
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        Mar 24 2012: Many thanks, it's a pleasure. I am though left wondering how best to achieve it, even though it is the focus of my everyday work. I can think of some of the barriers, such as: that we are locked into an image of the 'developed' city that is out of date; we don't seem too keen on actually practising new concepts such as deliberative democracy; the ones that get the most out of our current cities (the well paid designers and technicians/public servants/bankers) have a vested interest in maintaining the existing. So I'm left wondering, what can be done on an every day level to overcome such barriers? Suggestions would be welcome!
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          Mar 25 2012: Our work is somewhat of an attempt to overcome such barriers in city development. Our task as a regional institute is to set up roundtables in about 10 cities in the ruhr region of 5,5 mio. inhabitants. the topic: finding a strategy for development in problem neighourhoods which is jointly accepted by stakeholders in the quarter as well as by top-down city officials.

          this is funded by the state - because we learned that large infrastructure investments in housing or iconic buildings of 50 Mio. euro and more - will NOT work when local inhabitants to do care and join. so now we are building the soft infrastructure - local acceptance - before the hardware infrastructure.

          the motivation for the city: if they agree to a joint strategies and projects - involving the inhabitants with which they often had no dialogue for years - they get co-funding for projects.....

          in order to strengthen the bottom-up approach in cities we report on this - however not only in the ruhr, but throughout europe, with a special focus on culture & arts driving bottom up processes.

          Matin - maybe you can find other examples here you might use.

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