CityLab; a local action or international movement; The making of CityLab Mersin, Turkey

Activity: Talk or presentationTalk or presentation at a workshop, seminar, course or other meeting


Since 2014, about 50 CityLabs (Stadslabs), have been mobilized in
Dutch cities by the Creatieve Industries Fund-NL. Bringing design
and co-creation for formulating socially and environmentally inclusive
strategies, until 2020, Dutch cities will continue the movement
under a national program ‘Anders Werken aan de Stad, Dorp en
Land’ (different approach on city, village and country). This program
has a focus on local governments and concentrates on the co-creative
approach on ‘City Making’. Local governments build up a CityLab
together with designers, all the possible stakeholders and citizens and
work in a co-creative process to solve the problems on current spatial
and social issues in their own municipality.
As Stadslabs mature and develop new forms of co-creation processes,
similar spaces for local action are developing worldwide. They are
becoming an integral part of official single handed planning we
know from the last century.
What could become the impact of CityLabs? Could they become a
worldwide movement? Where do Stadslabs stand within the international
context? What are potential roles of a CityLab in diverse political
regimes? With guests from Turkey we focus on the case of Mersin
CityLab in the forming while looking into the future of CityLabs in
the second decade of 21st century.
Period19 Jun 2019
Event titleWe Make The City 2019
Event typeOther
LocationAmsterdam, Netherlands
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • living lab
  • city lab
  • bottom-up