Grassroots experiments with public space need support from cities, which they can give in many different ways. A good start is awareness of the practices and systems already in place. This was an overall lesson from a meeting on “New Urban Space”, organised by SEiSMiC‘s Swedish National Network August 26 in Stockholm.
“Embracing citizen initiatives is not only a democratic imperative but a necessity to address the complex challenges that cities face. There is no single working model, and the city administration sometimes needs to step in and give legitimacy or even take over a project. In other cases, it is better to ignore a project and let it develop outside regular structures”.