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Urban Labs

Our Urban Labs are the core component of this project. They gather together cultural organisations, local authorities, cultural and creative spaces to explore urban challenges in collaboration with other stakeholders. Together, they commit to developing innovative solutions.

Seven organisations and institutions are responsible for leading and organising seven Urban Labs in partnership with a number of selected organisations,
the so-called Handshake Partners. In total, 37 organisations in 21 European countries are part of the Urban Labs. What they all have in common is that:

  • They have already explored new and groundbreaking methodologies of co-creation and participatory policy development.
  • They are ready to override hierarchical organisational structures in favour of horizontal and collaborative approaches.

In total, the Urban Labs have organised over 30 workshops and training events for their local and regional stakeholders.