The ‘Build the City’ publication highlights how people are changing their cities. The European Cultural Foundation is supporting citizens and governments who are collaborating in solving urban challenges. They are changing cities and legislation through co-design practices. Culture is a key factor in these processes by motivating people and encouraging equality which is essential in increasingly diverse communities.
A network of co-designers was established to improve urban co-governance and reinforce the need to include culture and citizen participation in the EU Urban Agenda. The evidence shows that these practices positively impact on urban sustainability such as creating affordable housing, highlighting air quality issues and renewing public creative areas. The European Cultural Foundation, alongside communities, will continue to work for co-governed cities to increase cultural, diverse and flexible social living spaces.