Why the talk is inspiring?
The beginning of modernity in the urban history is tied to the rise of expert-led city making. Architects and urbanists - planners and designers - have tried to become the urban "problem solvers", via a number of design-based solutions: ideas, architecture, plans or the grand designs such as roads, public spaces or new districts. The true city making forces and its actors - market forces, urban politics and actions of the residents - have remained obscured for the city makers themselves.
The end-user in urban design has returned to the focal point with the democratization and weakening of the power of its administration. Also, the rise of bottom-up forces of residents, local associations or "citizen-experts" was a sign that a city, as a complex system, cannot be efficiently managed solely by top-down and design manuals. Reversing this approach opened new opportunities for better city planning.
The talk will highlight how the devolution of city-making power, awakening of the citizen-led urban innovation and collective intelligence or promotion of local self-management can be inspiring and refreshing both for the architects and the residents. It will also highlight how such practice is crucial in building strong local democracy.
The talk is held on September 22th, Thursday, 7.00 p.m. at the Vytautas Magnus university (VMU), . Daukanto str., 28, Kaunas.
Entrance is free of charge.