Think Space – ‘inbetween’ development

Summary of the Think Space conference in Malmö by Anna Modin from Gehl architects.
via the IFLA News Brief

Cities for People

Last week I attended the conference Think Space in Malmö. A very inspiriting day on the theme of “urban development in the inbetween” discussing participatory urban development, urban interventions, art-culture-social innovation as an agent for change. I heard some inspiring presentations and met with some interesting people.

Team Better Block

It started off with an energetic presentation by Jason Roberts who has a background in IT, music and arts and is the founder of team Better Block (based in Texas, US) and who works with artists and local communities on re-imagining and activating underused blocks and spaces. They work with instant actions framed as art projects, showing the potential of a place and that physical and cultural change is possible for the community and authorities. As an example they work with the locals to bring life into an abandoned block by making up a variety of new ground floor businesses, a café…

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