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Urbanfest – forum of lively cities

A few days ago, Thomas traveled to Izhevsk (Russia) to take part in UrbanFest – forum of lively cities. This year the festival gathered delegates from 45 cities across Russia and abroad – urbanists, politicians, businessmen, activists and citizens. Community leaders shared their experience, explored new tools for integrated territorial development and got inspired to create a network of “lively cities” in Russia.
Together with Kees Donkers, Thomas was part of a panel on “Urban planning international experiences applicable to Russia” and led the workshop “International Urban Lab”.
As part of the forum’s programme, TSPA also presented its concept for the development of a new neighborhood in Naberezhnye Chelny to the public. Extending this concept, Thomas discussed constraints of urban planning in Russia and the aspect of possible urban drivers for retaining and attracting young people to the city together with Novaya Zemlya.

Keynote at Open School for Urban Exchange, Krasnoyarsk

On 26 October Thomas will give a talk about the “Right to the City” in Krasnoyarsk at the opening conference of the Open School of Urban Change. He will address questions of ownership of public space, degrees of freedom, privatisation and other challenges of current urban development and how design can encourage participative and diverse use of the the city by the communities.

De Wereld van Witte de With 2012 in Rotterdam

Thomas and Ali of Uberbau are invited artists at the International Arts Festival De Wereld van Witte de With 2012 in Rotterdam curated by Lukas Feireiss. They’ll exhibit two timelines on streets in western countries in general and on Rotterdam’s Witte de Withstraat in specific, hold a workshop on “The Missing Street” and organize “Street Talks” with various experts. Join us from September 14th to 16th 2012 on the Witte de Withstraat in Rotterdam! [read on at the festival site]