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Crowdsourcing urban planning
In Rotterdam you can now help liven up an area mainly used for businesses and by cars. Donations between € 25 and € 1,250 are used to build a wooden walking bridge to open up the area for pedestrians.
Why it matters
Citizens are taking responsibility for their own living spaces. They crowd fund money and build structures they feel they need and are supported by the city council. How can we continue to improve our living conditions with the people we share space with?
‘Ensemble Contre la Peine de Mort’, a French charity against the death penalty, has set up an interactive installation in the François Mitterrand library in Paris. Visitors are asked to stand between two screens; one has a soldier, the other a victim. By standing in between, the soldier is unable to shoot. Visitors can then scan a QR code and quickly sign an online petition against the death penalty.
Once a year in Amsterdam, three famous radio DJ’s are locked in a glass house on a busy city square for a week to raise money for the Red Cross. During this week they fast and only broadcast songs that listeners pay to be played.