15-18 March, Sao Paolo, 9-11 May, Athens, 30 May-June 1, Shenzhen: The Hackable City going international

Toolkit Circle

In the coming months The Hackable City will visit Sao Paulo, Athens and Shenzhen to execute a comparative research of hackable projects in cities that are each in a phase of development that is similar to what kicked-off BSH: they are in a phase of economic downturn or, more specifically, face a crisis in real-estate development. Together with our local partners Andréa Sender from Acupuntura Urbana, Dimitris Charitos and Iouliani Theona from the UoA NTLab and Tat Lam from Shanzai City we developed a program of exemplary cases and workshops to investigate hackability, local governance structures and solutions in these cities.

Many of the characteristics of the Buiksloterham transformation can be understood in terms of resilience. Resilience means engaging complex systems, such as a city, or the city making process, through multi-functionality, redundancy, modularization, embracing (bio and social) diversity, and by connecting multi-scale networks in such a way that the systems becomes adaptive. Resilience is the ability to deal with shocks, and stresses, and the ability to transform within critical thresholds.

If building resilience necessitates adaptive planning and design, the continuous prototyping of solutions makes city-making an iterative process. While there is no master plan, and no master planner, local designers in Buiksloterham, but also in other parts of the world, ‘lead from behind’ by organizing the collective efforts so that new prototypes, often more advanced and at a larger scale than earlier iterations, may be developed.

At the end of June an international knowledge exchange and mini-symposium will be held at the IABR where, based on our learnings abroad, we will discuss how to consolidate the common understanding and joint tools for collaborative city-making: How can we perpetuate such development to deal with systemic risk and create resilient cities in the future?