Realized during the Biennale Internationale Design Saint-Etienne  2015, “Tous champions” is a workshop proposed by Cité du design as one part of “Crossroads 2015”.  in collaboration with People Olympics and Laboratoire de Physiologie de l’Exercice (Université Jean Monnet), Saint- Étienne Métropole, Mixeur.  A full day event for second trial in Saint-Etienne, including basketball, soccer, mini golf and Walk & Eat activity, but also prototyping of sports devices .

Collaborative Spaces Workshop at Aalto University

Collaborative international workshop at Aalto University, organized by Group X, Department of Architecture, aimed to develop the School as a Service concept in Otaniemi. The temporary, distributed model of seeing school spaces as a service, allows extended and intensified use of facilities. During the workshop, we will prototype school activities that could create and catalyze community discourse, togetherness and collaboration. The workshop will bring schoolchildren, teachers, residents, university faculty and Human Citizens together in creative sessions.

10:00-10:15 Welcome words by Vice President of Campus Development Antti Ahlava

10:15-11:15 Presentation of the School as a Service concept by Professor Jarmo Suominen

11:15-17:30 Workshop, including a guided tour about the development of the Otaniemi Campus and the School as a Service at Aalto University

Save the date: 12 September 10:00 – 17:30 – Human Cities workshop.

The Human Cities workshop is part of Helsinki Design Week 2017.

More info check our press release here:

The Cité du Design, under the auspices of Saint-Etienne City and Metropolis, is organising the 10th edition of the Biennale Internationale Design Saint-Etienne from 9th March to 9th April 2017 on the theme of ” Working promesse, shifting work paradigms”.

During the event, the European program Human Cities_Challenging the City Scale, led by the Cité du Design, will be highlighted on 13th and 14th March, with the invitation of all the European partners and local actors for a workshop and a conference.


Monday 13th March will be a day of meetings and exchanges that will focus on the urban scale and the reinvention of the city with its inhabitants. The workshop will bring together the European partners of the Human Cities project, international designers and local actors (City, Metropolis, EPASE, shopkeepers, artists, designers, associations, inhabitants). During this meeting, an urban walk will allow you to discover the different Human Cities experiments carried out on the territory, to meet local actors, and to test the activities set up by the collectives Ici-Bientôt and Hypermatière in the Beaubrun and Crêt de Roch neighbourhoods.

‘Crossroads 2015. Human cities_challenging the city scale’ is a creative workshop organized by Cité du design for the Human Cities program during the Biennale Internationale Design Saint-Etienne 2015. Focused on the conversion of vacant shops and ground floor premises in the Jacquard district, it will bring together local skateholders, designers and international networks . It will be animated by the Carton Plein association, which occupies B.E.A.U. – the temporary urban action office  during the Biennial. Carton Plein leads an atypical study in connection with the planners of the city, partners of the EPASE project – Etablissement Public of Saint-Etienne – in order to imagine collectively different scenarios to initiate new dynamics in the neighbourhood. The aim of the workshop is to try to stimulate the emergence of new services, new ways of investing spaces and new ways of inhabiting and living in them. The keys to get a district moving and to bring life to its streets for cities and towns are in their human capital, creativity and design.

“Crossroads 2015” will show how design tools – such as prototyping, script and visualisation –  can help to invent new urbanistic tools where creativity is at the service of innovation in the territories. It will create also a dynamic network between the members of Human Cities and the UNESCO Creative Cities of Design network invited by Saint-Etienne, by a collaborative experimentation.

 “Crossroads 2015” is also the gathering moment of the 2 main international workshops of Biennale International Design Saint-Etienne : “Human Cities” and “All Champions-People Olympics”: 2 initiatives focused on collaborative experimentation to make an active, creative, vivid city.

Belgrade Design Week and the City of Kragujevac are inviting you to the presentation of the standards for the future development of the Grand Creative park of the City of Kragujevac, as part of the Human Cities/ European initiative.


Jovan Jelovac, Belgrade Design Week founder, and prof. Aleksandru Vuja, from architecture DVA Studio, will present the “Grand Creative Park of the City of Kragujevac” project and answer the participant’s questions. The presentation will be held on Monday, 23rd May 2016, from 5PM to 7PM, in the Faculty of the Engineering Sciences – object A, side entrance from Dr. Elizabete Ros Street.

The Grand Park was traditionally a favorite promenade for all generations in the City of Kragujevac, where the dense canopy of century-old trees, walkways, benches and sports grounds represented a valuable place for relaxation and recreation. Unfortunately, in recent decades, the park has shared an inevitable fate of the general deterioration of its city. As an ecosystem, the Grand City Park is a rare urban tissue of park greenery maintained over one hundred and fifty years. The benefits of this heritage, the potential social interactions, the microclimate and emotional aspects that it generates all contribute to the general perception of this type of architecture as a focus point, around which we can gather our attention, assess our will for a better tomorrow and present it as our contribution to the urban community gathered around the pan-European Human Cities / project.

The aim of the project is to further develop the citizen’s beloved park by means of participatory urbanism and cooperation with some of Serbian and world’s best practices in the field of innovation and design. This is just the first step of defining a new framework of citizen’s participation about the park’s future design, with the primarily intention to provoke and activate a responsible involvement of all stakeholders into a joint search for standards of a possible development scheme for Kragujevac’s green zones. These standards define not only the principles of how to preserve and develop the park in a certain timeframe, but also new standards of how to initiate and decide matters regarding this and other valuable parts of the urban tissue.

A further objective of the project is to open up the dialogue with the citizens and inspire them to review, in a wider context, the existing urban, green and historical premises of Kragujevac, stretching from the Grand Park to Šumarice, and to try to integrate them into one uninterrupted entity, designed as a unique model of relaxation and contemplation, while at the same time creating a new cultural and historical destination for high quality tourism in Serbia’s heartland. This innovative complex would link the latest achievements of domestic and international creativity with existing rich heritage sites of the city of Kragujevac, which already include the best works of giants of creative thinking such as Vojin Bakić and Ivan Antić.


In April 2016, the Foundation and BDW triggered the realization of an idea concept of the future Grand Park, entitled “Creative”, as the first vision for discussion. The development of the preliminary design concept, as first inspirational stage of the revitalization of the park, based on BDW’s results of the EXPERIMENTATION phase, was entrusted to the team from Studio DVA, headed by architect and professor from the Faculty of Architecture in Belgrade Aleksandru Vuja, and his students, several of which are from Kragujevac.

Presentations and workshops in Kragujevac in May 2016, in which the concept of the new park will be presented to local citizens and the City, will mark this part of the EXPERIMENTATION phase. Another high point will mark the execution of the first part of the project – playgrounds for children, young people and seniors, as a possible sustainable beginning of the construction of a new park, as inspirational call to donors to support all the other sections of the park itself and the wider monumental/heritage park sites in Kragujevac, while citizens open the public discussion with the City and media which next functions and contents for the Grand park may be developed.

Therefore we are inviting you to join us, as a citizen, professional, neighbor, partner, project supporter or the opponent, and to share your opinion and ideas with us.





Human Cities _Challenging The City Scale/ Event Bilbao 2017

Bilbao 15-18 November 2017

The travelling Human Cities exhibition in 2016-2018 presents the process and results of co-creating activities in the experimental Labs of all the Human Cities partners in ten different European cities. The next upcoming Exhibition is landing in Bilbao during the Bilbao Design Week. Every exhibition is always combined with a co-creating workshop and sharing presentations of all the Human Citizens.

Check the press release for the full program.


DAY 2: Saturday/ 27.01.2018

10.00–15.00 // Talks and workshops:  Conflict resolution tools

Location: Zamek Cieszyn

10.00–11.30 //Ann Stenros, Chief Design Officer of the City of Helsinki

11.30–13.00 // Workshops lead by Jarosław Gwizdak, Rafał Kołodziej, and Monica Biagioli

14.00–15.00 // Talk by Monica Biagioli, London College of Communication

15.00 // Opening of Graduation Projects exhibition

16.00// Laugher yoga session

Location: Zamek Cieszyn

Since the media coverage of the opening of the Kalemegdan playground in 2015 as result of our STATE OF ART phase and the HUMAN CITIES/ project, the “Dragica Nikolić” Foundation, expressing interest in the results of the project, contacted BDW with a commission to investigate the situation with public spaces in the central Serbian city of Kragujevac.

Thus, between December 2015 and April 2016, BDW’s EXPERIMENTATION phase of the HUMAN CITIES/ project went under way. BDW and associates of the project utilized the selected method of Jan Gehl Architects, mapping the needs of the citizens of Kragujevac in the context of the Grand Park’s rational usage and emotional bonds, while the Foundation in parallel raised funds for the realization of the first park section to be built – the playgrounds.



























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”