Stories About Participation​

In this section, people are telling their stories about participation. It is intended as an inspirational collection of voices, ideas and experiences from urban neighbourhoods all over the world. The opportunity to participate or make one’s voice heard is usually most limited in informal settlements or poor neighbourhoods. Therefore, these stories focus on ideas for more urban participation  in poorer communities. Do you have a story to share from your neighbourhood? Get in touch with me!

This is a geographic overview of all the Stories I have collected so far:

Voices from Guarulhos, São Paulo

Urban planner and GIS expert Carolina Monteiro de Carvalho presents a participatory mapping project she conducted in the outskirts of São Paulo.

Voices from Kibera, Kenya

Michelle, Isaac and Lorna share insights about how Covid-19 is affected informal settlements in Kenya’s capital city, Nairobi. In their interviews, they talk about the specific challenges that the pandemic brings, and about community-based solutions.

Voices from Dubai

In this interview with urban planner Dima Al Srouri, you will read about the two largest cities of the UAE, Abu Dhabi and Dubai, and differences in their respective urban planning systems.

Voices from Bogotá

Based on input from guides and friends in Bogotá, this article presents innovations in cycling, public space, urban transport and urban art in the Colombian capital.

Voices from Guatemala City

In this article, I look at gentrification in Guatemala City, which can be seen in the presence of AirBnB and in the 4 Grados Norte project. At the same time, an urban renewal project in city centre shows what is missing in other projects.

Voices from Vancouver

Rather than a single voice from Vancouver, this collection presents recommendable articles about this fascinating city.

Voices from Ougadougou

An annual art festival transforms the Place de la Femme in Burkina Faso’s capital Ougadougou completely and invites everyone in the community to participate in fascinating activities and shows.

Voices from Hamburg

In an interview, the volunteers of Hamburg’s donation fence (Gabenzaun) for the homeless explain their work and also talk about how homeless people can participate in the city.

Voices from Accra

Based on my own Master’s dissertation, this article focuses on how to prevent evictions, using the example of the Old Fadama Neighbourhood in Ghana’s capital city Accra.

Voices from Vinnytsia

Post-Soviet cities are starting to introduce participatory urban planning. However, public opinion in these countries is very different compared to others and it seems that participation is off to a tough start.

Voices from Breda

Revitalising a public space in the Dutch city of Breda and fostering civic participation are the goals of Ed Ravensbergen from NIEUWBRUUT.

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