“Actors of Urban Change” is a cooperation of Robert Bosch Stiftung and MitOst e.V. The program supports urban development through cultural activities and cross-sector collaboration in Europe.
I have worked with Actors of Urban Change Program for more than a year. Even it is quite a hard job to summarise a year, I might break it down into: Graphic design, Infographic design and maps design for online and offline publications. I also developed a digital tool to enable participants to communicate their diverse perspectives and needs and then translated these complex findings into infographics.
My biggest pride is Actors of Urban Change Program Documentation (2015-2017). Where we have created under the supervision of Martin Schwegmann a process diagram. The aim of this work is to create a visual language among participants, who are facing totally different processes in their own localities.
During my work, we had 10 groups from the previous generation and 10 groups from:
Novi Sad, Serbia
Skopje, Republic of Macedonia
Pretty diverse, ha?!
I have started our research first analysing the cities. As we know that each locality has different challenges, geographies, population, people, emotions. How can we compare these cities with some facts? So I worked with data:
After this comparison, we can totally understand that these cities are quite different than each other. Let’s check the population. Quite a funny coincidence that Geretsried and Istanbul fall next to each other because of the alphabetical order. One is one of the most populated cities on earth and the other one is one of the smallest cities in Germany. I guess, we just consider them as equals, right?
So, the comparison was quite helpful to understand the different dynamics. But how do we create a comparable data of a process? These people are quite busy with their own projects and also have lots of submissions next to their own jobs. So, I needed to make it as easy as possible for them.
After so many of the brainstormings, we came to the conclusion that I need to do it online. I need to ask some process-related questions where participants can interact online to assess their own processes. The challenge is how can I do it precisely but never too boring. I started searching so many tools, then came up with some kind of early io tool where you can interact online. I created a how-to-use tool for that tool.
Later we created a workshop setting to bring all our findings and do an interactive process assessment together in lovely Porto!
Besides the documentation, I have worked also in the newspapers published by Actors of Urban Change as well. There are three in total. You can find my beloved infographics there as well.
Some other superpowers from that period:
– Spatial Design: Redesigning the interior space for the new office of MitOst e.V.
– Project Management, workshop facilitation, travel,
- Event planning: Conference for participants in Porto.
Now Actors of Urban Change is evolving with different tools a lot cooler than before. I am grateful that I had the opportunity to learn and experience. I guess the new projects are a lot more settled. The wish is to keep with the participatory approach as we were building it up.
We will just wait and see the next generations and their amazing outcomes.