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Rue des Tanneurs / Huidevettersstraat 58-62

1000 Brussels

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Urban areas are places where multiple societal challenges intersect and it is often at city level that innovative responses are being designed and tested. New ideas are being explored by a range of actors - public, private, non-profit organisations, and individuals – in collaborative efforts and in neutral spaces – called 3rd spaces – where city makers can meet to exchange on ideas or projects.

In the Systemic Urban Research and Innovation Lab-session we want to test a multi-level 3rd space by bringing in the EU level on an equal footing with the local actors and collaborate to solve urban innovation challenges.

This two-day event brings together European Commission Urban Policy Officers, city-makers and innovators, city organisations, and other urban stakeholders from multiple cities across Europe, to discuss the development of an urban policy transformation lab.

The objective is to understand what should be the key functions and features of a multi-level 3rd space in which EU policy officers and all relevant urban stakeholders could work on urban challenges and identify new areas for research and innovation in cities.

Draft Agenda

Day 1 - April 4: What should a multidimensional 3rd space bring?

10h30 Meet & greet

Registration & welcome coffee

11h00 Why do we meet?

Introducing systemic urban research and innovation and the lab-session

11h10 Why a 3rd space?

Presenting what 3rd spaces are and can be, providing understanding and inspiration

11h35 Icebreaker

12h00 Hands-on group work: On what would we like to cooperate?

Building of city issues maps to identify shared topics

13h00 – 14h00 Lunch

14h00 Hands-on group work (cont.): Developing requirements for a multi­dimensional 3rd space

Exploration of topics: Identifying scope for collaborative work

- What is it that we want to do?

- How can we do it?

- Who do we need to involve?

- What will make them join?

16h30 Sharing the requirements

17h00 Summing-up the day and what to follow

19h00 Informal dinner


Day 2 - April 5: How should a 3rd space function?

09h00 Introducing the day

09h10 Hands-on group work: Building a multi­dimensional 3rd space

- What should be the functions & features of a 3rd space?

- What would the space look like? What kind of interactions would it allow?

- What will make a 3rd space work?

- How would the space be sustainable?

- What could be the business model?

11h00 Sharing the multi­dimensional 3rd space

12h00 - 13h00 Lunch

13h00 Developing a practical manifesto

Building a manifesto that could act as instructables

14h30 What should come next?

How can we sustain and extend the community?

15h15 Summing-up and farewell

15h30 END

The lab-session is a pilot experiment as a follow-up of the Lab Connections event organised by the JRC Policy Lab, where DG RTD provided a Challenge on 'Connecting digital, physical, natural and social solutions for cities', during a session moderated by the Waag Society.

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Les Ateliers des Tanneurs

Rue des Tanneurs / Huidevettersstraat 58-62

1000 Brussels

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