Making Cities Work is a series of events, from 6-11 September 2019, aimed at contributing to new ways of thinking about the urban economy.
How can alliances of policy makers, citizens, entrepreneurs and civil society organisations contribute to a more social and sustainable economy? How can we counter the socio-economic polarisation within European cities and regions and, as a matter of course, integrate climate protection measures and practices into economic practices? How can innovation be more inclusive?
Cosmopolis – Center of Urban Research, Building Brussels and Cities of Making present the Foundational Economy and a well-founded vision of what 21st century cities should be manufacturing within the socio-ecological transition of the urban economy.
The Making Cities Work days will end with the JPI Urban Europe financed project Cities of Making final event on the 11th of September.
The foundational economy covers those branches of the economy that provide the infrastructures and services of everyday life. These include the universal basic goods and services that every citizen needs, such as food, housing, utilities. As such, productive and related sectors such as food, logistics, construction, health care and various other sectors deserve a renewed attention from scholars and policy makers alike.
Manufacturing – the transformation at scale of physical goods through labour or technology – has traditionally concentrated around cities. Only recently, as many European cities find themselves with a dwindeling manufacturing sector, are questions being asked about what kinds of manufacturing needs cities and what city needs are answered by manufacturing.