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Experiments as fertile ground for innovation

Experiments as fertile ground for innovation
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As it is not possible to simply roll-out or scale up successful experiments, Urban Futures Studio systematically investigates, how individual experience and progress can be linked to and supported by the institutional world. Their work shows, that experiments can be found anywhere – not only in dense urban areas, known to be fertile ground for innovation, but also in countryside or peripheral conditions, where people are reacting to changes in their world by testing out new options. Suzanne Potjer’s findings suggest, that the practice-oriented and collaborative character of many cases she has studied, helps to introduce new “tangible” realities – a talent that could be most valuable in the mundane world of pragmatic urbanization.  

 

In this podcast, the German-American Urbanist Mark Kammerbauer and Suzanne Potjer – the Project Leader of the Urban Futures Studio project “Experimenting with Cities” at the University of Utrecht – talk about the  potentials of experimentation for urban  development projects and how it can be operationalized within governance constellations aimed at addressing current and future urban  challenges.

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Suzanne Potjer is the project lead of the Urban Futures Studio project “Experimenting with Cities”. She focuses on the question of how cities can learn from each other in a multi-level governance context and how experiments can incentivize this.

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