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CITYMAKERS. Intermediary actor between China and Europe and beyond – co-creating novel ways to livable cities.

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CITYMAKERS was co-initiated in 2016 by CONSTELLATIONS International and the Robert Bosch Stiftung.

The intention: Leverage the collective intelligence of a Sino-German group of pioneering people across disciplines who create novel models for liveable cities.

The gap we saw: Complementing the Sino-European cooperation sphere with a social innovation, creativity and culture-focused approach to sustainable urban development.

What do we offer?

Knowledge

We have gathered a variety of content of aspects of a “liveable city” incl. new models of housing, approaches to cultural and industrial heritage, urban green and farming, community culture, urban-rural development, or on healthy city. The knowledge pool of  platform is not only characterized by its quantity of content (over 140 online dialogues), but above all by the nature of the “qualitative knowledge”: Not only have we been working with key specialists of the urban German-Chinese scene, but also is the generation of knowledge based primarily on dialogue interviews, often personally led by our core team.

Knowledge

Activities

The CITYMAKERS platform sees itself above all as an ‘enabler’ of ideas and projects. In 2016, focus group projects were launched on the three topics ‘Future of Living’, ‘Urban Farming’ and ‘City Culture & Identity’. Among the competence and project development offers for these and other actors are Social Entrepreneurship Competence-Labs, a CITYMAKERS Accelerator program (starting fall 2019) and regular Chinese-international dialogues and learning offers, ranging from deeper facilitated learning journeys to informal conversations and network meetings such as the CITYMAKERS-Salon and Walks.

Activities

Network

The special feature of C*MAKERS is its unique network of dedicated people connected to the sphere of city making ranging from architects and urbanists to scientists, artists and administrators with locations in about 20 cities between China and Germany and increasingly in Europe. Most importantly: These are often not just mere contacts, but a mix of long-term relationships built on a trust basis of 20 years of work by the CONSTELLATIONS founders and partners as well as new cohort of pioneering individuals that have joined us since we first began our journey as CITYMAKERS.

Network

Our Activities

CITYMAKERS-SALON

The CONSTELLATIONS studio in Berlin – C*SPACE at Langhansstraße 86 – is a hub and place for regular meet-ups of the Chinese-international community interested in topics of sustainability, social innovation, culture and city making. The STADTMACHER-Salon takes place every 1-2 months and is a space for informal exchange, where we curate, host and facilitate topical exchange as much as human encounter.

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CITYMAKERS-WALKS

As early as 2010, CONSTELLATIONS created a novel form of learning in the urban space in the year of the EXPO in Shanghai with the platform SHANGHAI-FLANEUR. We keep walking and are about to launch an explorative CITYMAKERS Walks series in Berlin, identifying and discussing together with Chinese and international peers, Berlin places of relevance for the global learning of liveable cities in China and Europe.

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CITYMAKERS-LABS

The CITYMAKERS platform offers capacity building programs for project development: This involves three types of knowledge: 1. Ideas for urban innovation and sustainable living spaces, 2. Contextual knowledge on China 3. Social Entrepreneurship and project/business development knowledge. We offer short-term formats (e.g. The Drahnsdorf-Social Entrepreneurship Competence Lab, May 2019 (link to the Review Post) as well as long-term mentoring processes, such as the 2020 CITYMAKERS ACCELERATOR starting from November 2019.

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THE TEAM

Oliver May-Beckmann

PARTNERS & COLLABORATORS

IN EUROPE

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