Tuna Tasan-Kok and Sara Oezogul have been organising The City as a Lab #2: Creating Meaningful Encounters in Cities of Diversity to be held at Pakhuis de Zwijger in Amsterdam on 25 October 2016.
In many urban settings, encounters with differences are inevitable. However, incidental contact is generally not deemed sufficient to enhance social cohesion in diverse neighbourhoods. When do encounters become meaningful? When do they bring diverse people together and provide new ways of relating beyond presumptions and stereotypes? And can we plan for those encounters?
The ‘mobile urban lab experiment’ brought together a small group of participants from different disciplinary and professional backgrounds. During an organized walk in Amsterdam Oost, they explored different spaces and initiatives, in order to gain insight into the practices, challenges and opportunities of creating meaningful encounters. The session will include presentations of the participants on their perspectives on the topic and an open discussion with the audience.
If you’re in Amsterdam, be sure to sign up for what promises to be an intriguing evening.
Image: Patricio Betteo