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Dynamics of placemaking and digitization in Europe’s cities


This Action will investigate how placemaking activities, like public art, civil urban design, local knowledge production re-shape and reinvent public space, and improve citizens’ involvement in urban planning and urban design. The Action aims to empower citizens to contribute with citizen’s knowledge, digitization and placemaking to diverse ways of interpreting local identities in European cities.  The added value of digitization – understood here basically as the ongoing process of converting any kind of data from an analogue into a digital format – will be analysed in the ways in which it impacts urban placemaking processes of local communities.


Studying urban placemaking and digital practices of various local communities throughout Europe´s cities, this Action will understand and analyse:

  • The impact of digitization on the common placemaking practices of urban local communities,
  • The changing processes of citizen´s local knowledge production of placemaking,
  • The influence of digitization on the governmentality of the local neighbourhoods and co-creation of public space by various societal actors.


COST – Intergovernmental Framework for European Cooperation in Science and Technology



22.11.2019 to 21.11.2023



4 years






Carlos Smaniotto Costa