Topics and workshops
The Creative City – The City as a Creative Ecosystem
Expert: Charles Landry (Urbanist and Author “The Creative City“)
European Benchmarking in Cultural City Development
Expert: Valentina Montalto (Co-Author „Cultural and Creative Cities Monitor” 2017 & 2019)
Culture and City Networks - UNESCO Creative Cities, EUROCITIES and More
Expert: Rainer Kern (Special Advisor Global Network and UN Affairs | City of Mannheim)
Creative Potential of Art and Culture for Sustainable Urban Development
Expert: Dr. Ralf Weiß (REFLEXIVO – Office for Innovation and Change)
Open Call Augsburg – Placemaking
In cooperation with the Department for Culture, World Heritage and Sport of the City of Augsburg, Cities Ahead has launched an open call to creatives worldwide. We were looking for placemaking projects for the creative (temporary) transformation of public space in Augsburg, in the overarching context of sustainable cultural urban development. The focus should be on the needs, aspirations, wishes and visions of the local population.
The placemaking projects are intended to strengthen the connections between people and places and relate to one of the following two locations in Augsburg:
Maximilianstraße in the old town of Augsburg is one of the most important streets in Germany in terms of art history, with buildings from the Renaissance, Rococo, Neo-Classical and post-war Modern periods.
The topic of water and sustainability in connection with Augsburg's UNESCO World Heritage Site "The Ausburg Water Management System" should be included in the project ideas.
In the middle of Maximilianstraße is the Hercules Fountain, one of Augsburg's three great World Heritage fountains, along with the Mercury and Augustus Fountains. It symbolises Augsburg's pride in its abundance of water. The symbolism stands for overcoming dangers through water, but also for the good and beautiful sides of water.
The great importance of the (drinking) water supply has been evident in Augsburg for centuries at this prominent location in Maximilianstraße.
As part of the large-scale construction project "Staatstheater General Renovation and New Building", citizens were invited to contribute their wishes and ideas in a comprehensive participation process. The results of the participation serve as guidelines for the entire construction process. The participation also resulted in the development of the surrounding neighbourhood being considered in the project. A "theatre district" with a good quality of stay, open to all and with the Staatstheater (State Theatre) as its cultural centrepiece is now to be created.
Information on the application process
Submissions were accepted until 31 May 2023. The most convincing concepts will be selected by mid-July 2023. The authors of the selected projects will be notified personally and the projects will be announced on the website citiesahead.eu.
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