Human Cities_ Challenging the City Scale
March 17, 2015
Crossroads 2015 
In the framework of the Biennale internationale Design Saint-EtienneHuman Citiesled by Cité du Design proposes to cross the itineraries of the 12 European partners (La Cité du design, Saint-Etienne [FR], University Politecnico di Milano, Milan [IT], Urban Planning Institute of the Republic of Slovenia, Ljubljana [SI], Clear Village, London [UK], Zamek Cieszyn (design center), Cieszyn [PL], Association Design Week Belgrade[RS], Pro Materia, Brussels [BE], Aalto University, Helsinki [FI], FH Joanneum University, Graz [AT], Association of Estonian designers, Tallinn [EST], BEAZ/Bilbao-Bizkaia Design & Creativity Council, Bilbao [ES], Culture Lab, Brussels [BE]), UNESCO Cities of Design and European Living Labs. Co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of The European Union (2014-2018), the European network is about exploring the way in which the inhabitants reclaim the constantly evolving contemporary city (especially through experiments in the urban space) and ways of (re)inventing city life, as sources of wellbeing and quality of life. Cities face many challenges, linked to accelerating urbanisation and its effects on the forms of social organisation. The model of the traditional city, with a centre and a surrounding area, is disappearing, to be replaced by a world of networks, connections and multipolarity: data flows are winning over premises. These structural changes are impacting both on people and places, like shops in town and city centres. “Crossroads 2015” is a creative workshop on the conversion of vacant shops and ground floor premises in the Jacquard district, and will bring together local stakeholders, designers and international networks. It will be led by the Carton Plein association, which occupies B.E.A.U, temporary urban action office. The aim of the scheme is to stimulate the emergence of new services and new ways of inhabiting places, to get a district moving and to bring life to its streets. 

Press Release - EN / Communiqué de presse - FR

“Crossroads 2015” is a creative workshop, which aim is to discuss the reconversion of the shops and vacant ground floors of the Jacquard neighbourhood. This workshop gathers local actors, designers and international networks. It will be connected to the B.E.A.U (Bureau Ephémère d'Activation Urbaine - Ephemeral Office of Urban Activation), a project created and led by the association Carton Plein, who will ensure the animation of the workshop. During one month, the B.E.A.U will invest in a vacant shop, based in the city centre of Saint-Etienne, in a neighbourhood currently in the process of urban renewal (quartier Jacquard). Carton Plein leads an atypical study in connection with the planners of the city, partners of the project (EPASE - Etablissement Public d’aménagement de Saint-Etienne) in order to imagine collectively different scenarios to initiate new dynamics in the neighbourhood. The aim of the project is to try to stimulate the emergence of new services, new ways of investing spaces and of inhabiting and living in them.

ACTIVITYHuman Cities
Inaugural Conference
Welcome Robert Karulak, Vice Mayor in charge of design policy, introduction by Ludovic Noël, General Manager Cité du design 

Keynote Speech
- “Designing the human city creatively” by Charles Landry, President of Comedia Agency, creator of the Creative cities' concept

Presentation of the European Program Creative Europe 2020” by Marc-Hector Vanderhaegen, European Commission
- Presentation of "Human Cities - Challenging the City Scale" by Josyane Franc, Director of International Relations, Cité du design, and the Saint-Etienne Higher School of Art and Design

Free Entrance
Tuesday, March 17, 2015 
17:00 - 20:00


Cité du design - Auditorium
3, rue Javelin Pagnon
42000 Saint-Étienne

And official opening Spring 2015 People Olympics

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