Supporting innovation of creative communities, an exibition for Kulturnatten in Aalborg

In a fast changing cultural, social and economic word new problems, preferences and needs are emerging, which can neither find any answer in the institutional system, nor in the existing industrial system.

New needs are emerging in our everyday life, which come from the growing diversity of our society, from progressive changes in lifestyles, family structures and work arrangements and from macroscopic changes in our society (such as ageing of population and work mobility).

The most innovative and promising solutions to such emerging problems are often coming from communities, rather than from institutions. Creative communities all over the world are organising themselves, without waiting for institutional intervention, to solve local problems or to open new possibilities. The side effects of such initiatives are equally relevant: a higher cohesion of social fabric and, in most cases, a reduction of the ecological footprint.

Cases of bottom-up initiatives from creative communities are absolutely not new in
Denmark, which has a long and successful history of cooperation. It is important, however, to “wake up” this spirit in an historical moment in which such initiatives can represent a critical success factor for our society.

The A&D contribution to Kulturnatten 2006 in Aalborg focuses on innovative solutions to support cooperation and to enhable creativity in local communities.

The two exhibitions inside and outside the main building at theschool of
Architecture and Design are focusing on this spirit.

The exhibition “Sustainable Everyday”, inside the A&D building, presents a catalogue of cases showing how creative communities all over the world have developed original solutions, such as: production activities based on local resources and skills; healthy, natural forms of nutrition; self-managed services for the care of children and the elderly; new forms of value exchange; alternative mobility systems to replace the monoculture of individual cars; socialising initiatives to bring cities to life; networks linking consumers directly with producers. Rather than representing a niche of social innovation, those cases can be regarded as a potential for emerging models around which social and economic resources could be organised.

The exhibition, developed as part of an EU funded project, is the result of the work of different working groups in many European countries.

The pavilions outside the building have been created as part of a workshop for international students at Architecture and Design. The pavilions generate opportunities for social cooperation and interaction and, at the same time, they are a connection to the potential expressed by the cultural and social conditions in this city. They refer to local cooperation within our neighbourhoods, as well as to the potential of cooperation to re-construct urban qualities on the water front and the potential of cultural institutions in
Aalborg, which were born as a result of local creative communities.

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