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Unleashing the urban psyche

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The second of EUROCITIES ‘Imagine the urban future’ events will take place on 25 April with special guests Charles Landry and Chris Murray. In cooperation with CEMR and the European Parliament Urban Intergroup, this event is part of our work on the future of cities and of our network. It is another occasion to discuss cities’ future challenges and how we can respond to them.

Charles Landry is a respected voice in the field of creativity applied to urban spaces. He now supports cities in transforming, developing their potential and inspiring them to look for new opportunities. He first talked about ‘creative cities’ in the late 80s, in a period of economic, social and cultural change. This concept is based on the principle that cities can empower citizens to overcome disruptions using imagination to solve problems and seek opportunities. According to Charles, curiosity is the first step to being imaginative, creative and innovative. To imagine the future of cities, he encourages us to think creatively by projecting ourselves into the future, rather than focussing on today's challenges. He also developed the concept of ‘creative bureaucracy’; highlighting the human dimension of creative cities, and how the potential of city bureaucrats can be unleashed and eventually support the development of better and smarter cities.

Together with the director of the UK Core Cities, Chris Murray, he developed the ‘Urban psyche test’. Chris Murray is a visiting professor of practice at Newcastle University, an Honorary Fellow of the Haseltine Institute at Liverpool University, and sits on the advisory board of the Prime Minister’s regeneration investment organisation. 

The creative city index is a tool to measure and assess the innovative ecosystem of a city and its capacity to adapt to radical global shifts. To date, 23 cities have already taken the test. 

On 25 April, Charles and Chris will discuss creative cities to challenge our perception of urban issues and stimulate our curiosity. They will also present their book ‘Psychology and the city’, arguing that psychology should be considered as an urban discipline and taken into account by urban decision makers.

MEP Jan Olbrycht, president of the European Parliament Urban Intergroup, will open the session giving his perspective of future urban challenges.

Registrations are open until Monday 23 April: