With the IABR as the backdrop, the Hackable City will conclude its international comparative research project on new modes of collaborative citymaking – with organizations from São Paulo, Athens, and Shenzhen and Buiksloterham. Part public mini-symposium, part workshop with experts, this exchange aims to consolidate our common understanding of collaborative city-making: How can we involve existing stakeholders in city development? Does co-creation lead to a feeling of ownership and more involvement? How can these developments be perpetuated to create resilient cities in the future?
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.
Hackable Cityplot not only presents a particular process of citymaking, but lets the IABR be a reason to perpetuate the ‘lessons learned’. With a series of debates, workshops and mini-symposia next iteration will be proposed, undertaking an ongoing learning process.
photos by: Victor Wollaert