Designing transformational urban change: Presentation, Perm Economic Forum


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Keynote presentation to 5th Economic Forum, Demidkovo, Perm Krai, Russia, Sept 11, 2009: 'Urban Renewal: Social Innovation not War'. More at

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  • Designing transformational urban change: Presentation, Perm Economic Forum

    1. 1. Urban renewal: Innovation not war David Barrie
    2. 18. <ul><li>Project design and delivery </li></ul><ul><li>Stakeholder management </li></ul><ul><li>Urban renewal/development consultancy </li></ul><ul><li>Communications design </li></ul>
    3. 20. <ul><li>Watch video clips online - 394m </li></ul><ul><li>Read blogs - 346m </li></ul><ul><li>Read personal blogs - 321m </li></ul><ul><li>Visit a friends social network page - 307m </li></ul><ul><li>Share a video clip - 303m </li></ul><ul><li>Manage a profile on a social network - 272m </li></ul><ul><li>Upload photos - 248m </li></ul><ul><li>Download a video podcast - 216m </li></ul><ul><li>Start own blog - 184m </li></ul><ul><li>Upload video clip - 183m </li></ul><ul><li>Subscribe to a news feed - 160m </li></ul>
    4. 22. “ To make a big splash in the global pond of spectacle culture today, you have to have a big rock to drop.” Hal Foster, Art Critic
    5. 28. <ul><li>Principle of mutualism </li></ul><ul><li>Collaborative design </li></ul><ul><li>Privatizating public services </li></ul><ul><li>Rise of public-private partnerships </li></ul><ul><li>Rise of Web 2.0 and crowdsourcing </li></ul>
    6. 29. <ul><li>Building networks of people and projects </li></ul><ul><li>Fostering new relationships </li></ul><ul><li>Creating better city experiences </li></ul><ul><li>Improving quality of life </li></ul><ul><li>Creating opportunities for creativity </li></ul><ul><li>Generating financial investment </li></ul>
    7. 30. <ul><li>Public realm improvement project: Castleford, Yorkshire </li></ul><ul><li>New land use project: Middlesbrough, Tees Valley </li></ul><ul><li>Social investment programme: Cardiff, Wales </li></ul>
    8. 53. Alison Drake Chair, Castleford Heritage Group Former Primary School Teacher
    9. 54. Wendy Rayner Vice-chair, Castleford Riverside Group Former cook in old people’s home
    10. 55. Rheta Davison Secretary, Custyke Community Group Former cleaner
    11. 70. Lol Coxhill in a skip Concept Simon Thackray. Produced by The Shed. Photo: Tony Bartholomew
    12. 72. Lol Coxhill in a skip Concept Simon Thackray. Produced by The Shed. Photo: Tony Bartholomew
    13. 76. <ul><li>10 new public spaces </li></ul><ul><li>Over 10,000 people involved in process of urban renewal </li></ul><ul><li>3 new community groups formed, now in their fifth year </li></ul><ul><li>£100,000 (4m руб) first grant -> £14.5m (623 руб) capital programme -> £230m (9,891m руб) new leveraged investment </li></ul><ul><li>Four projects now in second phase </li></ul><ul><li>Media coverage - all UK newspapers </li></ul><ul><li>Exhibited in 12 nations </li></ul>
    14. 113. <ul><li>61 growing groups, 250 growing sites, 1000 new ‘urban farmers’, 750 playground participants, 6000 visitors to town meal, 2500 guests </li></ul><ul><li>Project repeat 2008 and 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>Adapted spatial plan for use of public spaces in town </li></ul><ul><li>£8m new investment in health improvement in town - growing food at centre of plan </li></ul>
    15. 119. <ul><li>“ Unofficial mayors” project team </li></ul><ul><li>Good Neighbors Project </li></ul><ul><li>Postmen, taxi drivers, small businesses </li></ul><ul><li>Workshops: Construction Skills, Housing and Healthcare policy </li></ul><ul><li>Development of ‘meanwhile uses’ </li></ul>
    16. 128. Butetown on the Net <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Facebook: Tiger Bay 2020, Tiger Bay & Butetown Re-united, Tiger Bay Warriors </li></ul><ul><li>My Space:strickly rockerz </li></ul><ul><li>Bebo: Remembering Tiger Bay </li></ul><ul><li>Flickr: Tiger Bay Ramblers, Cardiff Bay </li></ul>
    17. 133. <ul><li>Build consensus </li></ul><ul><li>Build capacity </li></ul><ul><li>Create confidence </li></ul><ul><li>Create value </li></ul><ul><li>Be different </li></ul>
    18. 134. <ul><li>Encourage innovation </li></ul><ul><li>Aggregate initiative </li></ul><ul><li>Engage stakeholders </li></ul><ul><li>Foster shareholders </li></ul><ul><li>Build from grassroots </li></ul>
    19. 135. <ul><li>Make it personal </li></ul><ul><li>Make it fun </li></ul><ul><li>Make it creative </li></ul><ul><li>Make it real </li></ul>
    20. 151. “ We have idols but no models to follow. You have to define your own model.” - Nicolas Ghesquiere, Balenciaga
    21. 152. David Barrie David Barrie & Associates Blog: Mail: [email_address]