Living Streets is a real-life experiment whereby each year, for two months, residents can temporarily transform their street into the sustainable place they have always dreamed of.
Each of these living labs explores a new urbanism with fewer cars and more social interaction. Living Streets is not a story of individuals trying to make their own street car-free. It is the story of hundreds of citizens in dozens of streets.
Together with stakeholders and municipal departments, they are exploring how local policy making and urban planning can ensure that all newly-paved streets and neighbourhoods are always designed as ‘living streets’, with the consent of all parts of society. The experiment has been successfully developed in Ghent and European cities will build on this experience to share this approach at local level together with residents and stakeholders.
© photo Dries Gysels, City of Ghent
Energy Cities coordinates the project, organises peer review exchange among city partners via workshops and webinars and promotes the Living Streets approach to European local authorities.
2016 - 2018
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Living Streets is a real-life experiment whereby residents can temporarily transform their street into the sustainble place they have always dream of. A Living Street allows to set the imagination free to find alternatives that transform the public space and strengthen the collective dynamic. It is an urban laboratory tackling diverse issues such as mobility, urban agriculture, local economy, solidarity, social cohesion, culture, leisure, sport and health.