In 2014, Thessaloniki was selected as part of the second cohort of cities to join the 100 Resilient Cities (100RC) network. The 100RC methodology provided a framework for the city to develop a holistic and comprehensive resiliency strategy. The City released “Resilient Thessaloniki – A Strategy for 2030” in March of 2017.
The City of Thessaloniki and 100RC partnered with Street Plans to develop a public space co-creation framework, which included two “Tactical Resilience” workshops in Thessaloniki on April 7th and 8th, 2017. The workshops and co-creation framework work to create a more resilient Thessaloniki by enabling more small-scale community-initiatied neighborhood projects. The first Workshop was attended by city staff across agencies as well as a handful of community leaders. The second workshop was attended by a broader community audience, as well as select city and Borough staff.
These workshops helped the team identify challenges and opportunities for public space co-creation and stewardship, mapping existing processes and pain points. The Workshop series also advanced planning for a pilot project which will be used to test the new public space co-creation framework.
The Public Space Co-Creation Program Guide creates a framework for individuals or organizations (schools, cultural institutions, or NGOs of any size) to create small-scale neighborhood events or projects. Projects may include programming such as music/dance performances, art shows, games, or neighborhood events and celebrations. They may also include small physical projects that remain in place to enhance public space (murals, benches, etc.) The guide gives various case studies, project types and specific guidelines on how to initiate and create a neighborhood project.
The Public Space Co-Creation Program Guide maps out all of the different public space types (above) and specific project types which may include programming or physical projects.