How to make urban planning more inclusive? | Placemakers’ Visual Stories #3

In this episode of the Placemakers’ Visual Stories, I had the pleasure to interview Bettina Werner, ethnographer and co-founder of COurban in Copenhagen. We talked about feminist urbanism and how we can be more inclusive in urban planning processes.

Everyone should have the same opportunities and rights when it comes to making and enjoying the city. But in practice, this is not what happens. Read the visual summary of my conversation with Bettina to learn more about:

  • Why feminist urban planning is important
  • Why it is important to check your own privileges when leading participatory processes
  • How we can be more inclusive in urban planning processes

It all starts by questioning one’s personal biases, Bettina says. It is useful to do a quick power check every once in a while to see whose voices are not represented – and then take appropriate actions to be more incusive. You can do a check of your privileges using a tool such as this “Privilege Wheel” beautifully designed by Maya Goodwill.

I find this topic fascinating. If you want to know more about gender-inclusive cities, you can listen to Bettina and her colleague Amalie’s great intervention at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in december 2021. And here is Bettina’s must read: Feminist City, by Leslie Kern. 

Cities that work better for women… work better for everyone (also men)! 

How to make urban planning more inclusive

Sketchnoting to highlight the work of placemaking professionals

In Placemakers’ Visual Stories, I invite some of the most seasoned placemaking practitioners in Copenhagen to share their everyday experience with participation and citizen involvement in urban planning. From the who, to the what, how and why… they explore and clarify the art of making cities with people – and not only for them.

Placemakers have a special drive for making a difference in the way we make cities, through their everyday practice. With these visual interviews, I want to make their inspiring work more visible and understandable, because I believe it matters!

And I do that through visual note-taking – because as you know, the Urban Mycelium’s mission is to use illustration as a tool to bring more attention to participatory urbanism. I scribe the answers of my guests in real time, as they speak. For each episode, the end result is a visual sketch note that maps out the key points of our conversation.

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Mathilde Riou

Mathilde is an urbanist and facilitator dedicated to change the way we make cities. She created The Urban Mycelium blog with the aim of revealing the invisible human dynamics that help the city grow better.

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