APW 2013: Collaborative Cities

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Report and Presentations from the Conference on Collaborative Cities

From June 4th – 15th the 9th Asian-Pacific Weeks were in Berlin. This year’s topic was Smart Cities, focussing on new approaches and solutions for urban centers in Asia.

In cooperation with the Development and Peace Foundation, the GIZ and the Berlin Senate, MOD was host of the conference Collaborative Cities. During two panels, Indian and German experts discussed inclusive governance models and inclusive living models in Indian cities (downloads available further below):

Towards inclusive urban governance
Today’s processes of urbanization processes are highly complex. Traditional regulatory and financing mechanisms are often too imprecise instruments in dealing with the dynamics of development in Indian cities. Also state institutions are no longer able to provide basic services for all population groups. In some cities around 50% of urban residents are not reached by formal urban policies anymore. At the same time informal structures gain increasing importance. A diverse and fragmented landscape of actors is characteristic in Indian cities.

Alternative ways of flexible, participatory and cooperative structures for urban development are therefore urgently required. That include i.e. multi-actor models, participatory budgeting and new “smart” ways of communication and networking.

What chances and opportunities do this new approaches show? How can new technologies like “smart communications” or “urban crowd-sourcing” help to implement inclusice urban development? What experiences have been made in recent years with new approaches in cooperative urban development? What conclusions can be drawn from this?

Tile von Damm, MOD Institute Berlin-Bangalore
Rupali Gupte, KRVIA and Collective Research Initiatives Trust (CRIT), Mumbai
Philipp Misselwitz, Urban Catalyst and Technische Universität Berlin
Julian Petrin, Nexthamburg, Hamburg
Discussion Input:
Claudius Lieven, Referat Stadtwerkstatt und Partizipationsverfahren, City of Hamburg
Ivan Alhadar, UNDP Indonesia, Jakarta

Towards inclusive urban living:

A major problem in urban development is the lack of (affordable) housing, especially for the Weaker and the Low Income Groups in India. But Housing is one of the main democratic basics for any form of social participation. It seems that governmental structures doesn’t have the regulatory power and the capacity to solve these problems, especially in informal settlements. More and more collaborative and participatory models fill this gap. However, they often collide with the state regulatory level.

How can the lack of housing be addressed? How can solution-oriented urban policies be designed to counteract the increasing inequality? And where can the new ways of cooperative urban development contribute here?

Anne-Katrin Fenk, MOD Institute Berlin-Bangalore
V. Naresh Narasimhan, Janaadhar, Bangalore
Prasad Shetty, Collective Research Initiatives Trust (CRIT), Mumbai
Jörg Stollmann, Technische Universität Berlin (Download Presentation)
Discussion Input:
Jochen Hucke, Senatsverwaltung für Stadtentwicklung und Umwelt, Berlin
Nitichan Pleumarom, Montfort Del Rosario School of Architecture and Design (ABAC), Assumption University, Bangkok

Please see the programme (in German) for more information. Also please download the official documentation (in German), the final report (in German) and see the conference website for downloads of the presentations.

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