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Human Cities‐SMOTIES

22 Apr 2022

Human Cities‐SMOTIES : creative works with small and remote places is a four-year European project (2020 – 2024) supported by the European Commission under the Creative Europe programme.

Human Cities is a multidisciplinary European network that was founded in 2006, and has evolved over the course of themes, contents, partners and leaders. Human Cities – SMOTIES is the continuation of the Human

Cities_Challenging the City Scale project (2014-2018), for which the Cité du design was the lead partner and which examined the role of inhabitants in the co-creation of the contemporary city to improve the habitability of public spaces.

This new Human Cities – SMOTIES project is led by the Politecnico di Milano, who will examine, together with the ten European partners (including the Cité du design), the creativity in small and remote places. These places are depositories of material and immaterial culture at risk to be undervalued, not consolidtaed or handed down, and hence lost. Through a shared methodology that will ensure the involvement of local communities through co-creation, masterclasses and prototyping studios, these remote territories will benefit from the production of cultural and creative works in public spaces, carried out with the ten partners identified in this project as nodes of creativity. These are public institutions, design centres, creative agencies, national associations, research centres or university design departments, located in ten European cities:

Milan, Italy, Politecnico di Milano, Design Department
Saint-Étienne, France, Cité du design ‐ École Supérieure d’Art et de Design
Graz, Austria, FH Joanneum, University of Applied Sciences, Institute of Design & Communication,
Ermoupoli, Greece, University of the Aegean, Department of Product and Systems Design Engineering,
Ljubljana, Slovenia, Urban Planning Institute of the Republic of Slovenia
London, UK, Clear Village Trustee Limited
Tallinn, Estonia, Estonian Association of Designers
Cieszyn, Poland, Zamek CieszynFunchal,
Funchal, Portugal, Universidade da Madeira, Art & Design



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Inge Eller
Project Officer
Human Cities‐SMOTIES Cité du design-Esadse
+33 6 22 56 89 34