Introduction to Urban Steps for Resilient Future

Dear reader,

We are extremely pleased to share with you a project we have worked on in 2018. The Urban Steps for Resilient Future Project was developed with lots of love and deep commitment by a group of young activists from Eastern Europe. The project encompasses a diverse range of activities and tools. It also tackles issues related to alternative urbanization, resilience, public spaces and activism in the Eastern European cities, focusing on the role of young people and their rights to the city. Below, you can find a detailed description including pictures, videos, and publications that might inspire you! Enjoy!

If there is no discussion about youth’s role in shaping the cities, then what kind of cities are we looking forward to? What is the role young people have in creating a vision of the future of our cities? And how do you give them agency to be able to take part in shaping their local communities?

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Guess the City – Summer edition

Greetings visitor,
You have before you a summer mini-project of AlterUrb Blog’s Editorial team. We wanted to create a fun, interactive and not too time consuming initiative for this summer at our blog and show interesting places members of our Working Group are visiting. 
Tourism affects cities a lot – it is particular travel agencies that decide what to show to the tourists and what not. This kind of tourism creates many problems for the cities. Airbnb takes over the center, particular parts of the cities are dominated by tourists and you practically don’t see any authenticity in the place you visit. We want to counter this problem with giving you some information about lesser known but still interesting urban places in Eastern Europe. It is a game of knowledge and chance so be quick and resourceful! 
Person who finds the most cities during these 5 rounds will receive a message of praise and a group hug from the team if we ever meet!
We will write the correct answers for each of the city at the end of the game – 5 cities, 5 questions, 5 correct answers.
Leave your answers in the replay thread below the articles! 🙂

Mystery City No. 5

Oh my fair thee daughter Dee, comee here an lemme tell ya a storee. Once, before the Great Flood and this world of islands I used to live in a city. Cities, Dee, weree not like our Olie here, they weree bigger, there was more land and space to build big things and small, more space to do anything you want. And there weree cars, I’vee told you about them. And there weree roads and the cars used thee roads and theree was a lot of them. The movement of thesee many carsee had to be controlled somehow and for that purposee Dee, theree weree traffic lightsee.

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Mystery City No. 4

In extreme situations, places of culture are transformed into places of resistance, a resistance against nondemocratic acts. Emergent situations call for immediate acts. A place that has always been a small cozy space where art was produced and exhibited, has now, for more than one year been transformed into a symbol of democratic rights and people’s power against tyrannic acts of the state. This place has become a reference point, not only because of the mere acts of resistance against its non-rightful demolition, but also as a representation of defying undemocratic acts and reclaiming what it belongs to the public. As such, this has become the symbol of the city it was built in.

Mystery City No. 1


Association Flame House of Peace organizes and leads activities in the Peace Flame House. In 1994, the foundation “Fred foundation” from the Netherlands started philanthropic efforts with the help of athletes who took part in the 1984 Winter Olympic Games the local community and a large number of people of good will, that led to such a unique building called Peace flame house – The flame of peace flourishing in the city as a strong contribution to the reconciliation and development of culture in the country. In 2003 a House of Flame of Peace was built. Today, the Peace Flame House is home to working associations that carry a message of peace, tolerance, and work to strengthen citizens awareness of social needs through various workshops on issues of civic values, the culture of life and education.

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International work camp – strategy for sustainable urban development

By Elena Asprovska

We live in a dynamic world, a world of constant change, digitalization, continual technological progress, rapidly growing societies, modernization… Are we all equally able to cope with the changes?

Due to such “modern” lifestyle, the urbanization of cities becomes inevitable. How can we make this development sustainable? – “Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” Bruntland Report (1987). Sustainability also appeals to constantly working on finding solutions to the problems that are present within one society. 

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“City of one function”

By Lucy Gavrilenko

One of the ways we call functional cities is monotowns. They are part our history for a long long time, since the industrial revolution begun.


                   Factory of “RusAl” in Krasnoturinsk photo made by Yuri Timofeev

Nowadays 20% of all Russians live and work in the monotowns. Some time ago monotowns as such were vital and beneficial for country’s economic system. But now, after the crisis, which is one of the number of problems that monotowns gave birth to,  their benefits are much less then expenditure.

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Youth Involvement in Urban Planning in Riga

By Justine Pantelejeva

Public space, is continuously overcrowded in urbanised cities, but in shrinking cities has been left to deteriorate by conjunction, privatization, bad urban planning and design and overall neglect. But, by neglecting the public space, we are neglecting the people in it. One of the most vulnerable groups in the society is youth, as they use public spaces as a safe haven after school or university hours, to relax and enjoy themselves in a safe and socially inclusive environment. So, the question arises: Who are we planning our urban spaces for? And how can we cohesively plan our cities without a dialogue with all the stakeholders?


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