urbz was mandated by the State of Geneva and the municipalities of Geneva, Carouge and Lancy to Identify synergies between culture, activity, housing and public spaces and produce a concept for Block A in the Etoile perimeter. We are currently talking to a broad range of local and international experts including artists, developers, researchers, innovators, and institutions, and involving them in the co-creation and co-construction of the project. Along with a series of interviews, we are inviting specific actors to three focus groups on the following topics:
FAR OUT International / disruptive / adaptive
This focus group explores how cultural actors from Geneva and other parts of the world can contribute to producing a neighbourhood focusing on creation and innovation. It brings together local cultural collectives, representatives of international organizations, political refugees, and research institutions.
FERTILE Productive / attractive / innovative
This focus group looks at new models of working and creating value. It brings together coworking space managers, real estate developers, grassroots associations, social entrepreneurs and public foundations for the arts.
HOMEGROWN Incremental / diverse / participatory
This focus group explores new urban lifestyles and modes of civic participation. It brings together housing cooperatives, architecture curators, festival organisers, and blockchain developers.