Blog Scriptum Multiplicities

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: Bastian Lange

Youth in times of Covid-19: Where are the spaces for young adults?

How are young adults doing in times of Covid-19 and the restrictions it imposes? Dr. Bastian Lange comments from a spatial point of view on their living conditions and pleads for more niches and experimental spaces to be made available for young people in the city as well as in the countryside.

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

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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