Human Cities partners from Ljubljana, London and Saint Etienne will present the first common publication of Human Cities Challenging the City Scale 2014-2018 project to the Slovenian and wider regional publics. The book is a result of an extensive research of all partners and maps and analyses the already established  participatory practices of urban public space provision. The presentation will take place in one of the architectural galleries in central part of Slovenian capital of Ljubljana, a cosy Dessa gallery. The invited speakers will present and discuss the Human Cities international mission (Josyane Franc, Cite du design, lead of the project), Human Cities activities in Ljubljana (Matej Niksic, Urban Planning Institute of the Republic of Slovenia, lead of Slovenian part of the project), and offer deeper insights into the contents of the book (Isabelle Daeron, France based editorial coordinator; Robin Houterman, UK based contributor ; Audrey Templier, France based designer). The event aims in bringing into the discussion local initiatives too to form a space of dialog on the issues and challenges of participatory practices in contemporary Europe. The event will also relaunch the exibition PUBLIC SPACES FOR LOCAL LIFE – SHARED VALUES. The exibition highlights some best practices of participatory reclamation of urban public space in Europe and stresses the need for cooperation among local actors to reach truly sociable local public spaces in European city.

The Recode the City Festival takes the Human Cities programme to London from 21st to 23 September 2015. Organised by Clear Village in collaboration with the Machines Room and Lime Wharf, and curated by Thomas Ermacora, founder/ creative & strategic director of Lime Wharf, Machines Room and Clear Village.  Recode the City will bring together representatives from the Human Cities partner network for an action-packed programme of events during the London Design Festival.

Recode the City will include two major events open to the general public. From 18:00 to 21:00 in the evening of Monday 21st September, Open Mile will offer a trail of workshops, open studios and activities to explore East London’s thriving Maker Mile. And from 14:00 to 18:00 in the afternoon of Tuesday 22nd September, the Recode the City Symposium will offer a half-day of talks and discussions on how to transform the urban realm and empower people through digital fabrication at the advent of the quantified city.

The Human Cities programme, which is led by The Cité du design and co-funded from 2014-2018 by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union, aims to explore how people can reclaim their cities and (re)invent city life. Recode the City will contribute to this wider goal by examining the link between technology and placemaking, especially as evinced by the rise of maker culture in recent years.

Open Mile
Monday 21st September, 18:00-21:00

The Maker Mile is one square mile of open workshops, artist and design studios, fabricators, galleries, micro-factories, shops and businesses, centered on Mare St. between Bethnal Green and London Fields stations. On Monday 21st September, as part of the Human Cities programme and the London Design Festival, the Maker Mile will launch with the Open Mile event – a trail of workshops, open studios and activities throughout the evening.

Open Mile activities will include:

  • East London Printmakers will be running printmaking demonstrations, giving visitors the opportunity to have a go at screenprinting their own poster or tote bag.
  • OpenDesk will be teaming up with THOSE design collective’s Woodpecker, a CNC writing machine.
  • The Carpentry Club will be making their signature LIMBITS – little creatures designed to be made from CNC wood off-cuts.
  • FabLab London is teaming up with Codasign to bring their FabBike to the V&A Museum of Childhood.
  • FabPub will be running a workshop called Cut it / Print it where guests can cut and construct miniature architectural maquettes.
  • MakeWorks are down from Scotland doing a screening and Q&A of their Make Works films, all focused around manufacturing and design.
  • The Cocktail Factory will be giving tours of their micro-factory and running cocktail tasting.
  • BikeWorks will be running an open, drop-in Fix Your Own Bike session.
  • RCA Design Products graduates will be holding an exhibition at Machines Room.
  • Fixperts will be running a Fixperts A&E using Sugru and hosting a screening of their favourite FixFilms at the Machines Room Maker Library.

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Keep an eye on for details and grab a hand printed, locally produced map to follow the trail.

The Recode the City Symposium
Tuesday 22nd September, 14:00-18:00

The Recode the City Symposium will be an afternoon of talks and discussions on how to transform the urban realm and empower people through digital fabrication at the advent of the quantified city.

FRANK VAN HASSELT (Chief Executive, Clear Village)
NAT HUNTER (Strategic Director, Machines Room)

14:15 PERSPECTIVE: The Maker Age and Global Urban Development
TOMAS DIEZ (Director, FabLab Barcelona)
THOMAS ERMACORA (Founder/ creative & strategic director of Lime Wharf, Machines Room and Clear Village.)
Panel moderator: LUCY BULLIVANT (Co-author of Recoded City)

15:15 INPUT: INDY JOHAR (DarkMatter_Labs Co-founder, 00 [zero zero])

15:30 BREAK

15:45 ZOOM: Re-localisation and distributed manufacturing networked clusters
ELIZABETH CORBIN (Open Workshop Network)
FI SCOTT (Make Works)
Panel moderator: GARETH OWEN LLOYD (Machines Room)

16:45 INPUT: JONATHAN KNOWLES (Explorer, Autodesk) via SKYPE

17:00 META: Building public realm futures and new civic processes
JOHN ELKINGTON (Executive Chairman and Co-Founder at Volans Ventures)
PROFESSOR DANIEL CHARNY (From Now On, Fixperts, Maker Library Network, Founding Director CRL)
Panel moderator: THOMAS ERMACORA (Founder/ creative & strategic director of Lime Wharf, Machines Room and Clear Village.)

Tickets are available on eventbrite.

Belgrade Design Week and the City of Kragujevac are inviting you to the presentation of the concept of the “Grand Creative park of the City of Kragujevac” project, in realization of Foundation “Dragica Nikolic” and Belgrade Design Week, as part of the “100 Creative Playgrounds for the Children of Serbia” project. The presentation will be held on Wednesday, 11th May 2016, at 11 AM, in the Kragujevac’s City Administration building, hall NR. 105.

The project is implemented under the creative guidance of architect/professor Aleksandru Vuja and his architectural studio DVA, in cooperation with the team of experts from Belgrade Design Week and Brand New World from Zurich, Switzerland, as consultants, with the support of the partnering HUMAN CITIES /members.

The presentation of the “Grand Creative park of the City of Kragujevac” project will be attended by:

Ms. Dragica Nikolic, president of the Foundation “Dragica Nikolic”

Radomir Nikolic, Mayor of the City of Kragujevac

Jovan Jelovac, founder of the Belgrade Design Week

prof. Aleksandru Vuja, architecture DVA Studio

The first design and building phase of the project will be realized thanks to a donation of the Foundation “Dragica Nikolić” to the City of Kragujevac.

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A Masterclass organized by Cité du design and the Laboratory Images-Narrations-Documents of Saint-Etienne Higher School of Art an Design , within the framework of the European project Human Cities/ Challenging the City Scale [NB : French-speaking event]

A Masterclass to analyse different levels of urban actions, from the institutional policies (local governments) to the practices of collectives of citizens , which design scales of urban spaces, and the individual action of indepedant designers.

Urban action requires an analysis of “the action” : measuring the involved spaces and considering its differents actors. This Masterclass will give the floor to the “practionners” or “actors” : the ones who act,by doing,on the material of urban spaces. It will present 4 cases developed in Saint-Etienne during the project Human Cities_Challenging the CIty Scale, managed by the Cité du design. These cases are drawing different typologies of city scales (the groundfloor premises; the street,the neighborhood ) and different typologies of actors’ scale (a designer, a collective an association). The speakers will not simply present the content of their actions but rather explain their aim, their organization and their relevance in relation with their dimension.

– Josyane Franc, Coordinator of Human Cities_Challenging the CIty Scale project, Cité du design
– Kader Mokaddem, professor of philosophy & aesthetics,Laboratory Images-Narrations-Documents of Saint-Etienne Higher School of Art an Design
– Raymond Vasselon, architect, Association Amicale Laïque du Crêt de Roch: “Scales, power & urban creativity”
– Thomas Frémaux, manager of Ici-Bientôt project, CREFAD Loire social economy NGO : ” CREFAD Loire, an interface supporting out-of-the-frame projects of business creation”
– Paul Buros, designer, Captain Ludd collective ” Social design and territory”
– Magalie Rastello, independant designer : “Entity and fragments, spatial en temporal percpetion of a neighborhood”.
– Philippe Simay, philosopher, École nationale supérieure d’architecture de Paris–Belleville et membre du laboratoire Gerphau-LAVUE

This conference is part of the initiative of  Human Cities 2014-2018 program. Organized by the Cité du design, this conference was about the workshop and the idea of Crossroads 2015, part of  the Biennale Internationale Design Saint-Etienne 2015 program. It took place on 17 March 2015 from 5 PM until 8 PM at Cité du design , and gathered the international workshops “Human Cities”  and “All Champions-People Olympics”, and their relative  participants from international networks : Human Cities, UNESCO Creative Cities Network, Living Labs, People Olympics.

Keynote speaker Charles Landry, researcher, inventor of the “Creative Cities” concept was invited to give his expert point of you on these initiatives using design to make a more active and human creative cities. European Commission expert Marc-Hector Vanderhaegen introduced the Creative Europe Program, framework of Human Cities 2014-2018 project.





Belgrade Design Week welcomes its partners from eleven European cities to a unique international creative event “HUMAN CITIES/ SHARING CLOUD – Kragujevac 2017”, inviting the broadest public, citizens and citizens initiatives, architects, urban planers, the creative community, artists, economists, municipal administrations, media, academia and students from Serbia and the entire region, to join us on Friday, February 17th in Kragujevac.

The program is made of leading European case studies with easily understandable, concrete, hands-on “How to-” lectures, from cities committed to use design as a tool for changing their urban and public spaces and transforming their public authorities’ mindsets.

Entry is free, places are limited by the hall capacity, lectures are provided with simultaneous translation from English to Serbian and vice versa. The organiser reserves the right to change the program without prior information.

Present Kragujevac to the World, present the World to Kragujevac!

Kragujavac is privileged to be the host of this phase of the Human Cities/ project, right after Sent Etienne, London and Milan, and just before Ljubljana, Graz, Cieszyn, Helsinki, Bilbao, Tallinn and Brussels. BDW has chosen Kragujevac to be the topic of its HUMAN CITIES/ focus, because of the city’s important historical urban planing and industrial heritage in the heartland of Serbia, as well as current challenging historical crossroads between a postindustrial town and key regional university centre, with 20.000 students.

The initiative “Creative Grand Park of Kragujevac” is BDW’s contribution to the “HUMAN CITIES/ Challenging the City Scale 2014-2018” project, co-financed by the EU program Creative Europe, as part of BDW’s ongoing strictly non-profit action to develop “100 creative playgrounds for children in Serbia”, made possible by the donation of the Foundation Dragica Nikolić to the City of Kragujevac.

Belgrade Design Week and the City of Kragujevac, Serbia, are honoured to invite you to the “HUMAN CITIES/ SHARING CLOUD – Kragujevac 2017” event, on February 17th 2017 in the First Gymnasium of Kragujevac. Next to a strong line up of local speakers showcasing the urban development of Kragujevac, the conference will present extraordinary lectures from eleven European cities gathered around the Human Cities/ project, all closely related to urban realities in Serbia and the region. The HUMAN CITIES/ project is a crucial pan-european platform for sharing best practices in finding innovative solutions for living in cities today, and BDW’s conference offers a great opportunity for Serbia to present its own findings and developments to a broad European audience, and vice-versa, which is why we named the project THE SHARING CLOUD. 

Present Kragujevac to the World, present the World to Kragujevac!

Kragujavac has the honour to be the host of this phase of the Human Cities/ project, right after Saint-Etienne, London and Milan, and just before Ljubljana, Graz, CieszynHelsinki, Bilbao, Tallinn and Brussels. BDW has chosen Kragujevac to be the topic of its HUMAN CITIES/ focus, because of the city’s important historical urban planing and industrial heritage in the heartland of Serbia, as well as current challenging historical crossroads between a postindustrial town and key regional university centre, with 20.000 students.

The initiative “Creative Grand Park of Kragujevac” is BDW’s contribution to the “HUMAN CITIES/ Challenging the City Scale 2014-2018” project, co-financed by the EU program Creative Europe, as part of BDW’s ongoing strictly non-profit action to develop “100 creative playgrounds for children in Serbia”, made possible by the donation of the Foundation Dragica Nikolić to the City of Kragujevac.


Event Program:

The “HUMAN CITIES/ SHARING CLOUD – Kragujevac 2017”  program consists of an inspirational creative conference searching for proposals for design-thinking and participative-urbanism in Serbia and Europe today, as well as an exhibition of works of all eleven partners of the “Human Cities/ Challenging the City Scale 2014-2018” project. One of the presented projects is BDW’s “Creative Grand Park” development, developed as part of the Human Cities/ project and built as the first private / public partnership of its kind, between the Foundation Dragica Nikolić and the City of Kragujevac.

The conference”HUMAN CITIES/ SHARING CLOUD – Kragujevac 2017” ” presents a unique opportunity for engaged citizens and citizen’s initiatives, municipal administrations, universities, urban planers, architects, artists, economists, government, media and students from all vocations, to get introduced to the latest European developments about exploring the way in which the inhabitants reclaim the constantly evolving contemporary city (especially through experiments in the urban space) and ways of (re)inventing city life, as sources of wellbeing and quality of life. These structural changes are impacting both people and places like shops, public squares, parks, or streets in town and city centres.

Conference HUMAN CITIES/ SHARING CLOUD Kragujevac 2017 Program: 

– Welcome Note: Mayor of Kragujevac Radomir Nikolić

– Introductory Note: Belgrade Design Week Jovan Jelovac – 14:00h  – 15:30h


– History of unique urban planing in Kragujevac: 

The Šumarice Complex / Making of the Memorial Park. Jelena Davidović, Curator of the Museum 21. October, Kragujevac, Serbia

– Development of industrial heritage in Kragujevac: Converting the first armory in Serbia (The Arsenal) into a centar for the creative industry. Marko Grković and Đorđe Milovanović, Institute for Protection of Cultural Monuments in Kragujevac, Serbia

– Case Study Grand Park in Kragujevac I:

How to return the Grand Park in Kragujevac to its citizens with support of private/public partnerships, using participative urban planing and collaboration with leading Serbian and global practices in design and innovation? Belgrade Design Week, Jovan Jelovac, Belgrade, Serbia

– Case Study Grand Park in Kragujevac II:

How to revitalise a neglected city park in Kragujevac into a central creative zone, with intention to provoke and inspire all stakeholders to jointly search for standards of a possible development scheme for the city’s green zones? Prof. Aleksandru Vuja, Studio DVA, Belgrade, Serbia

– Case Study “THINKtent”: 

How to use the international experience of moderating an exchange of thoughts for the wellbeing of the development of Kragujevac? Nataša Čiča,, Hobbart, Australia

15:30 PM – 16:00 PM Coffee Break

Participation in the THINKtent experimentation / Nataša Čiča (First session in English – no translation)

16:00 PM – 17:30 PM 



– Case Study Brussels / “Pro Materia”: 

How to start a grassroots initiative as a citizens association about better living in our cities, which then gets an European dimension and significance? Louisa Vermoere, Pro Materia, Brussels, Belgium

– Case Study London / “Makers Mile”: 

How to connect innovative ideas of your neighbours as a citizens association, and in the process invent a whole new creative quarter in London? Frank Van Hasselt, Clear Village, London, Great Britain

– Case Study Sent Etienne / “Banc d’essai”:

How to decorate and animate our public spaces? How to forge stronger ties between generations and to give shape to the appropriation of space for all? Where needs are expressed, practices are created. Uses becoming clearer: siting, eating, reading, playing, working, learning, calling or just looking around. Camille Vilain, Cite du Design, Sent Etienne, France

– Case Study Milano / “La Piana”:

How to continue the legacy of activating the community and improving the public space in combination with the all-encompassing initiatives of Teatro Ringhiera, and you will see the scope of public space challenged. Davide Fassi, Politecnico di Milano, Milan, Italy

– Case Study Helsinki /  “School as a Service”:

How to experiment with optimising the use of their own buildings at the Aalto’s Espoo Campus over the next couple of years. Think opening the space to the community, think life long learning, think school as a service! Marc Goodwin, Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland

– Case Study Graz / “Jakominiviertel”:

How can we transform a neglected part of Graz, a transition space, into a common space, where people like to stay and to meet without being forced to consume, with special focus on settling the creative industries with its specific economics there? Erika Thummel, FH Joanneum, Graz, Austria

– Case Study Ljubljana / “Skupaj na ploščad!”:

How to find new approaches and make the participation processes more attractive and playful? Nowadays the participation processes exists in Slovenia as part of the top-town urban planning procedures, but are rather superficial and people tend to reject them. Damjana Zaviršek Hudnik, Skupaj na ploščad! Intiative, Ljubljana, Slovenia

17:30 PM – 18:00 PM Coffee Break

Participation in the THINKtent  experimentation / Nataša Čiča (Second session in English – no translation)

18:00 PM – 19:00 PM 


– Case Study Sent Etienne / “Cite du Design”: 

How to use a once in a lifetime opportunity and convert a post-industrial town from a ruined historical armoury centre of France, into a national hub for design and creativity? Parallels of Sent Etienne with Kragujevac, connecting two important European cities with an astonishingly similar industrial past, but with an astonishingly different reality today.

Josyane Franc, Cite du Design, Sent Etienne, France

19:00 PM Vernissage / Opening of the Human Cities/ SHARING CLOUD exhibition in the First Gymnasium of Kragujevac


Participation in the THINKtent experimentation / Nataša Čiča (Third session in English – no translation)

Human Cities_Challenging the City Scale/Graz will run Experimentation Labs to involve citizens, local actors and some representatives of the 11 partners to “challenge the city scale”.

In Graz the first steps have already taken place in March 2016. Students of Exhibition Design and Information Design have started a community survey and public space observation by using Jan Gehl´s research methods, such as counting, mapping, tracing, … In addition there have been made interviews with passers-by.

Step two will be an experimentation week in May starting with a symposion followed by three experimentations/ workshops. The national and international experts zweintopf, osa-office for subversive architecture and interACT will explore the experimentation labs question:

(How) can we transform a transition space into a common space, where people like to stay and to meet without being forced to consume?

Some of the concepts of the workshops will be realised and tested in the following weeks.

DAY 1: Friday/ 26.01.2018

16.00 // Opening of Human Cities Exhibition Challenging the City Scale
Location: Border guards building on a Friendship Bridge

17.00–19.00 // Conference: Design & Conflict
Location: Zamek Cieszyn

17:00–17:15 // Welcome word: Ewa Gołębiowska, director of Zamek Cieszyn

17.15–17.30 // Introduction: Monika Klonowska, psychologist, a coach and a consultant

17.30 // Debate with; Rafał Kołodziej, specialist in design thinking, value co-creation and innovation, Monika Klonowska, psychologist, a coach and a consultant, Paweł Jaworski , architect , “Fix your city” coordinator , a specialist in urban design and Jarosław Gwizdak, judge, chairperson from a district court.

19.00 // Conclusion by Tadeusz Sławek, poet, translator, essayist, professor of comparative literature

Biennale Internationale Design Saint-Etienne 2017
Cité du design – Auditorium

After the launch of the project and a first workshop in 2015, Human Cities_Challenging the City Scale comes back in Saint-Etienne for the Biennale Internationale Design Saint-Etienne 2017, to share with the audience the experiences and findings of this European Project.
The Conference will be a presentation of international, European and local experiments carried out by collectives of creative citizens to contribute to the development of a neighbourhood, improve the quality of public spaces and re-invent the city.


17.00 : Welcome addresses : Josyane Franc and Camille Vilain
International Affairs Cité du design, Coordination of the European Project Human Cities_Challenging the City Scale
17.10 : Introduction : Gaël Perdriau 
Mayor of Saint-Etienne, President of Saint-Etienne Metropolis and Cité du design- ESADSE
17.25 : The Paradigm of Augmented City : Maurizio Carta
Urban planner and architect, President of the Polytechnic School of the University of Palermo, Italy
17.45 : Fancy That : Anya Sirota
Designer, co-founder of Akoaki design studio, Detroit, Assistant Professor at University of Michigan
18.05 – 18.30 : Human Cities experiment labs developed in Saint-Etienne
Ici-bientôt / Hypermatière / Échelles de regards urbains
18.30 -19.00 : : Human Cities experiment labs developed in Europe
Maker Mile– Clear Village, London / La Piana – Politecnico di Milano / Kragujevac Creative Grand Park – Belgrade Design Week/ Bratovševa ploščad – Urban Institute of Republic of Slovenia, Ljubljana
19.00 : Conclusion by Josyane Franc

Registration :registration form

The Final Human Cities Challenging the City Scale 2014-2018 event will be held in Tallinn during  XIII Tallinn Design Festival. In fact Human Cities is this year’s theme of the festival.

The XIII Tallinn Design Festival will be held from 10 to 16 September 2018. For a week, the unique festival which centres on different parts of Tallinn, will be revived – the historic Baltic Station Departure Pavilion, the new building of EAA, Museum of Architecte, Architectural and Design Gallery, Viru Centre, Telliskivi, Alexela Concert Hall, Solaris, Kadriorg Tennis Hall and dozens of satellites in various locations.

Designers, architects, urbanists, and planners are committed to ensuring a more sustainable and human-friendly urban environment. Insights and testimonials from other cities can be seen at exhibitions and the conference which marks the successful end of the four-year Europe-wide project “Human Cities – Challenging the City Scale”. We are looking forward to presenters from several architectural bureaus and other distinguished visionaries such as Mark Kingwell (Canada), Liam Young (UK) and Chantal Vanoeteren (Belgium). Those interested in urban development can see projects from 11 different countries, including innovative projects of Politecnico di Milano and Aalto University. The Estonian team will present the relaxation capsule HÄLO. The works of the nominees of Germany’s renowned design award IF will complement the exhibition from the perspective of the students. „Human Cities“, a music piece by Villu Veski and Laura will bring the project to an upstanding end.

This year’s design festival will be spiced by an exciting opportunity to get acquainted with the finest Estonian design in Viru Centre. At the festive Design Award gala product design awards BRUNO and SÄSI, graphic design award and prizes in other categories will be awarded.

A graphic designers exhibition „Dialogue“ will also be displayed.

Throughout September in the Museum of Estonian Architecture visitors can become acquainted with the exciting history of Isokon which has accrued from the foreign representation of the Luther factory. The text and pictures of the Isokon Gallery in London are supplemented by product examples from the Luther factory and its descendant, as well as replicas of the Isokon products, supported by the well-known designers from Bauhaus – Walter Gropius, Marcel Breuer, etc.

The exhibition reflecting the plywood industry is brought to the present day by the examples of the plywood manufacturer’s workshop. The topic is complemented by lectures of Jüri Kermik, John Allan and Magnus Englund (Director of the Isokon Gallery Trust). From Hungary, examples of wearable technologies and achievements of digital handicrafts are brought to the Design Festival. Authors are looking for answers on how a traditional craft can continue in today’s digital world without losing value. At the exhibitions of design schools one can examine the developments taken place in different educational institutions during the year, also get acquainted with the student works from Lahti and participate in an experience room Design For All. The festival’s attractions are fashion shows, PechaKucha and Design Street. The light installations show the way to the attractive centres of the Festival, a musician Kristjan Kannukene presents his new single in the tunnel. It is possible to participate at an unconventional tour „Closed Rooms“ and visit places full of surprises you could possibly not get into.

There will be plenty of events for the entire family, including educational workshops for children and workshops “Child Culture Design”