In the past decades the nexus between culture, creativity and urban acupuncture experiments (including eco-acupuncture) have been showing successful results in "leveraging culture to transform impoverished places into vibrant and resilient communities" (Artscape), support innovative and bottom up experiences, actively involving local communities in their neighborhood regeneration and economic development through social/cultural infrastructures dedicated to CCIs, including public libraries and third places (Fablab, incubators, co-working etc). The session built on good practices/studies from the applicant, main co-organizers and partners from regions of the world (specific focus in Africa) to discuss how localised experiences could be further promoted and scaled-up at national/regional/international levels.
During the introduction, the moderator laid out some of the issues that can arise during urban regeneration. Participants then discussed how city planners, architects, local communities and international organisations can work together to ensure that redevelopment benefits both local citizens and businesses. In groups, participants discussed how to avoid the displacement of local populations when an area is regenerated, how to create cultural heritage and how to work together to meet communities’ needs.