Some of our friends in Finland, such as Agatino Rizzo and Michail Galanakis, are organizing a conference in Helsinki in May 2009 (Urban Studies Days, University of Helsinki, 7-8th May), to discuss the evolution towards new forms of urbanism, that will be strongly impacted by p2p influences, as explained here:
“Insofar, we believe that in Helsinki as in Tallinn a new methodological horizon has been traced in the field of Urban Planning .We tried to label it as Urbanism 3.0. Urbanism 3.0 is an evolution of Mark Gottdiener’s socio-spatial approach in the sense that a more attention is paid on social interaction. In Urbanism 3.0, UAIs and Peer to Peer (P2P) projects are conceived to simulate alternative urban scenarios in public space capable to affect region making as well urban planning.
P2P processes are activated by the direct participation of local stakeholders. In other words the P2P philosophy aims to create streams of open-share knowledge available for the whole community. In this frame, urbanists, social workers, NGOs, environmental artists, graphic designers, minorities, and inhabitants work together in open-share projects related to urban issues such as atlas, courses, digital platform to collect social feedbacks, spatial strategies as well as formats for new social policies. This active form of participation is inspired to trans-disciplinary research and it is aimed to address local urban issues. It constitutes, insofar, a challenge to bring in the material world the energies of the virtual communities which have created, step by step, the P2P phenomenon. A layout for this approach has been drawn up last July at Bauhaus Dessau Foundation.
Urban Art Interventions, on the other hand, are conceived to simulate and put in practice alternative urban scenarios. Through the direct participation of local stakeholders in P2P workshops, UAIs aim to collect indirect social feedbacks from the local milieu made of inhabitants, commuter, and city users. Since performance are addressed in public space, anyone can interact and leave her/his personal trace. Those feedbacks are then re-analyzed by the P2P workshops to refine strategies and projects.
We believe that this new methodology can seriously improve the quality and the quantity of urban research. Therefore, we are collecting researchers, friends, public institutions, architects, artists, and so forth in the working platform Cityleft .altervista.org to implement Urbanism 3.0-oriented projects.”
More info on: www.cityleft.altervista.org