Generative Facilitator /Founder CONSTELLATIONS /Program Lead CITYMAKERS
CITYMAKERS. Intermediary actor between China and Europe and beyond – co-creating novel ways to livable cities.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
More infos coming soon!
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.
Program co-manager / Sustainable Systems Designer
Core Team Member / Digital Content
Editor / translator / researcher
Urbanist, editor and Social Design
Editor / architect
Photographer / C*Space Co-founder and Host
Freelance contributor / editor / translator / researcher in architecture
Communication designer / illustrator / book artist
Associate Partner / Senior (Social) Entrepreneurship & Innovation Expert
Partners & Collaborators
Co-initiated and launched CITYMAKERS China – Germany in 2016 together with CONSTELLATIONS.
CONSTELLATIONS International GmbH is the program host and agency behind CITYMAKERS.
A unique private institution, independent gallery, campus, and platform for global discourse on contemporary architecture and urban design. A nucleus for Sino-German architectural exchange since 2001.
A Berlin based not for profit association and dialogue platform once initiated by the Berlin Mayor and addressed to actors from political, business, science and cultural sectors that are active or interested in the Asia Pacific Region.
Founded by the Robert Bosch foundation to develop and disseminate an approach to alumni work that encourages and spreads positive social impact.
A German-Chinese alumni network on the topic of urbanization coordinated by the China Center at TU Berlin, funded by BMBF.
Actors empower urban changemakers to work collaboratively in innovative ways for more sustainable, inclusive and just cities.