In these extraordinary times since February 2020, the idea of coworking and cocreation are key topics as societies seek new formula for making a good living. We believe that reaching out to local initiatives, regional policy makers and international academics engaged in city innovation measures is important at this time. We are aiming at becoming more sensitive how to collaboratively create the next urban. We foresee three stages of dealing with this crisis:

Phase one will be the co-development of urgent medical and practical equipment to help save lives. We also address relevant social, digital and urban infrastructures that help in these times. Phase two will be the development of secondary equipment, material infrastructures and small-scale interventions to cope with physical distance over longer periods. Phase three will be the co-development of tools, infrastructures and services to restart the urban economy and develop a resilient collaborative ecosystem after the global shock of the pandemic.

The following key themes connect those engaged with Co-Governance, Co-Creation, and understanding the role of collaborative niches for urban development. Blog editors are Dr. Steve Harding (Birmingham), Susy Silva (Lisbon) and Dr. Bastian Lange (Berlin/Leipzig).

Foto: City of Hamburg

Tapping the innovation potential of crisis

Creative industries habe been heavily struck from Covid-19 but at the same as crisis-proof leverer of innovation. Inga Wellmann reports on how the city has supported creative industries making use of their innovative potential.

Author: Inga Wellmann, Head of Arts and Creative Industries Department, Ministry of Culture and Media, Hamburg

Foto: Beatriz Bagulho (https://www.beatrizbagulho.com)

The arts approach to incubation spaces: and why do we need them?

When Susy Silva, Co-Editor of the blog, asked Beatriz Bagulho to visually translate her thoughts about her workplace, what it could be, she only made one request: make it utopian.

Author: Susy Silva

Foto: Ela Kagel

The need to retain the free spaces in Berlin for creativity as the conversation goes online

Since 10 years SUPERMARKT is a lively hub of the independent scene in Berlin. In March the doors had to be locked due to a pandemic. Co-founder Ela Kagel takes stock of the past few months and demands that the battle for 'physical space' must be fought right now.

Author: Ela Kagel, Co-Founder of Supermarkt Berlin, She acts at the interface of technology, digital culture and economy.

Foto: City of Vienna

Experiences and observations with participatory formats during Covid-19 in Vienna (Austria)

Vienna provides inclusive participatory tools. New neighborhood development processes reach out to the people. Vienna has achieved the status of being a forerunner for proactive participation. Wencke Hertzsch, advisor on strategic participation of the City of Vienna to the Executive Group for Construction and Technology, comments on the current situation.

Author: Wencke Hertzsch, City of Vienna

Foto: Mina Di Marino

New working spaces in the Finnish and Norwegian context

Are societies with a high level of digital learning and digital working expertises good equipped for coping with global pandemies? Mina Di Marino comments on how libraries are important interfaces when societies are experimenting with new steps out into post-normalities. Will these intermediate spaces be the new working spaces in urban context?

Author: Prof. Dr. Mina Di Marino, Norwegian University of Life Sciences

Foto: Bastian Lange

Coming out of the Crisis – A maker’s story from Digbeth, Birmingham

Consider Digbeth a post-industrial area close to the centre of Birmingham, a place where people have found home then moved on over the years, a location with a century old history of artisan crafts and trades. Steve Harding looks at strategies of  designers and makers to cope economically with the lockdown. 

Author: Dr. Steve Harding, Birmingham City University (BCU)

Foto: Meret Batke

Experimental mobilities: temporary bikelanes in Berlin

In Berlin new wider bike lanes are literally popping up or old ones are painted green to make them more visible and safe. But did it first need a crisis and such an exceptional situation as Covid-19 and the lockdown?

Author: Meret Batke, Researcher at Multiplicities-Berlin

Foto: Mai Anh Ha

Of reclaiming freedom of mobility and speech as egocentric action.

Berlin and the first of May have a special history and relation. The Covid-19 pandemic induced restriction of public speech, demonstrations and individual rights – which challenged this relation a lot. Since imposed state sanctions of demonstration bans have started to be loosened since 11 of May 2020, a paradoxical situation occurred, as Mai Anh Ha reports.

Author: Mai Anh Ha, Researcher at Multiplicities-Berlin

Foto: Bastian Lange

Berlin: Coping with the Corona-crisis – experimenting with small-scale solutions

What can we learn during Covid-19-pandemia from Berlin as a city, that is known for its experimental attitude? Bastian Lange argues for small scale attempts how to cope with the crisis. What is needed, and how can creative labs generate ideas and solutions to improve our lifes?

Author: Dr. Bastian Lange, Urban and Economic Geographer, University of Leipzig.

Foto: Dr. Steve Harding

Business not as usual – Immediate responses by three Birmingham Enterprise Support Organisations

For Birmingham (UK) three organisations are highlighted to give a snap shot of responses highlighting actions and approaches.

Author: Dr. Steve Harding, Birmingham City University (BCU)

Foto: @colectivo_patio

Lisbon: 14,000.605

Lisbon: The last few weeks have changed the outlook – from Lisbon as an eco -system full of physical meetings and face to face creativity into a new reality. How can we begin to re-think our entrepreneurial future? Susy Silva gives a personal reflection on dystopia and how we can begin to find new beginnings.

Author: Susy Silva