Participatory approaches in cultural heritage

A ROCK webinar

3rd October 2019

To make sure urban development in cultural heritage and other areas is inclusive and brings social change, cities’ administrations must improve the terms on which individuals and groups take part in society, confronting barriers that prevent participation and meeting communities’ needs. Allowing for bottom up ideas in the participation process is a step towards more socially inclusive planning, especially if these ideas are taken into consideration in decision making.

ROCK cities are testing new approaches to working with communities to enhance the capacity of community organisations to influence the decisions that concern them, bringing a more equitable outcome to the process. This webinar will present some of the approaches tested at local level in Lisbon, Turin and Cluj-Napoca.

  • Lisbon Interpretive Centre in Marvila: Through the ROCK project, the Lisbon municipality is investing in the creation of a living lab to approach local urban issues by engaging local communities. The Interpretive Centre is being created in the Marvila’s Library through a participatory approach in which the local community (residents, local institutions, entities with local intervention) is called to participate actively. Its main objective is to gather knowledge about the cultural, material and immaterial patrimony of the neighbourhood, making it available to the public in an appealing, playful and innovative way, encouraging the direct participation of communities. Presented by Roberto Falanga from ICSUL and Alexandra Anibal from Câmara Municipal de Lisboa.
  • Casa del Quartiere: Turin decided to look and get inspired by what was happening in its neighbourhoods. With the network of public spaces Casa del Quartiere, associations, citizens and artistic and cultural operators are working together to transform abandoned structures and vacant land and foster community spirit and the creation of social enterprises. Presented by Giulia Cerrato, Communication officer at the Casa del Quartiere network.
  • Participatory budgeting: PB is a process of democratic deliberation and decision-making, in which ordinary people decide how to allocate part of a municipal or public budget. Participatory budgets are a powerful tool for inclusive and accountable governance. They allow cities and towns to educate, engage, and empower their citizens along with strengthening their governance. We will look in particular at the Cluj-Napoca’ case, the first participatory budgeting for youth process in Romania. Presented by Andras Farkas from Cluj-Napoca.

When? Thursday 3 October 2019/15.00 – 16.30 CET via GoToWebinar. Register here

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Author: Houpert Cecile - EUROCITIES