Designing a healthy city in practice – Barcelona. Online meeting with Aleksandra Zemke (5 December 2023)

Everyone has probably heard of Barcelona. And did you know that a democratic-urbanist revolution is underway in this city? Changes in the city towards a healthy and accessible space have been underway for several years. They accelerated especially when the progressive mayor Ada Colau and the local political civic movement Barcelona en Comú took power in Barcelona. Aleksandra Zemke, who lives in Barcelona every day, observes and analyses the specifics of the changes taking place. Among other things, she will tell us about the introduction of the new urban-architectural project Superblocks (‘Superilles’ in Catalan).

Aleksandra Zemke: Educator, designer, social activist. Graduate of Conflict Resolution at the University of Amsterdam and the Institute of Applied Social Sciences at the University of Warsaw. In 2011 she founded the NGO Smilemundo in Spain, creating innovative educational tools to support sustainable development. She has been working for years with local policy institutions: United Cities and Local Governments, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), UrbanLab Gdynia, UN – Habitat, Educating Cities or the Province of Barcelona. She creates educational programmes for them, mainly related to Agenda 2030 and innovations in the field of Social and Solidarity Economy. The tools she creates have been recognised with numerous awards, including the prestigious World Summit Youth Award, awarded by the United Nations in Brazil for the best projects using new technologies to promote sustainable development. She is an activist in the Barcelona En Comú urban movement.

Her book ‘Social Innovation in Barcelona’ has just been published in Poland.
The meeting will be chaired by Dr Katarzyna Sztop-Rutkowska, sociologist, urban activist and initiator of the SocLab Foundation in Białystok. A fan of designing the city with the head and the inhabitants.

The lecture will be held online. Details in the Facebook event:

Citizen Science Week is a series of meetings among people from the world of science, social activists, city authorities and residents to discuss the impact of modern cities on our wellbeing and health – physical and mental.

Citizen Science Week is organised by the SocLab Foundation, the University of Bialystok and the Medical University of Bialystok as part of the JU4H project.

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