“During the session, we aim to envision new policy, planning and place-making instruments to reflect the needs of people in today’s hyper-diversified cities” say Tuna Tasan-Kok and Sara Ozogul, coordinators of the Hyper-diversity and place-making workshop at the Governing Urban DIversity Conference.
The focus of spatial planning is moving beyond the built environment and an increasing emphasis is placed on the connection between space and social life. Place-making refers to a wide range of collaborative efforts, which aim to turn spaces into meaningful places by adding meaning and function to them. How can this aim be achieved in cities with increasingly complex diversity? This session invites both academics and practitioners to examine place-making in hyper-diverse communities as a contemporary spatial planning effort. Hyper-diversity refers to an intense diversification of the population, not only in socio-economic, social and ethnic terms, but also with respect to lifestyles, attitudes and activities (Tasan-Kok et al., 2014). This approach brings us to understand spatial processes through daily life actions, activities, and dynamics of people in the city.
By using this approach, this session aims to link relational understandings of place to perceptions of space as social constructs by joint efforts of participants. The intention is to discuss policy, planning and place-making instruments to reflect lifestyles, attitudes and activities of people to understand their needs. Possible questions for discussion include:
– How can diversity be constructively approached by using space and place?
– How do processes, dynamics and relationships between various actors (individuals, communities, organisations, institutions, etc.) influence the social and spatial construction of place?
– How can we create inclusive places in a society in which people have different, changing and dynamic values, norms, ideas, identities, lifestyles and attitudes?
During the workshop, a number of activities will take place. First, the introduction by the workshop organisers will frame the topic from an academic perspective. Second, three workshop participants who have been contacted beforehand will present one challenge each, which they encountered in a real case scenario of place-making. Instead of presenting how they/their organisation addressed the challenges, workshop participants will be divided into three groups, leading to the third and main activity of the workshop: Each group (with participants from different disciplinary and professional backgrounds) will collaboratively develop a possible solution for the presented challenge. This exploratory activity aims to envision new policy, planning and place-making instruments to reflect the needs of people in today’s hyper-diversified cities. Then, each groups will present their innovative instrument, and hear back from the presenter how the challenge was addressed in the real case. Finally, the discussion will be opened up to address any emerging issues, limitations and opportunities concerning hyper-diversity and place-making.
Image: Sara Ozogul