A creative lab based in Sweden is challenging the top-down approach of how cities are made. The Connectors Society, based in the southern city of Malmö, launched The Crowdsourced City: A Guide to Reclaiming the Spaces Around You. The guidebook is designed to give you all the tools to understand the flows of a space, bring people together and collectively redesign the space based on the needs of the people who will use it.
"It’s about understanding the relationship between people and spaces. The spaces around us influence us. We need to be the ones to define these spaces," says Julieta Talavera, co-founder and self-proclaimed DIY Urbanist.
The Crowdsourced City is based on three years of experimentation, interventions in public spaces, workshops and hands-on research. Working with the City of Malmö, the group has developed practical methods to revitalize public spaces in collaboration between residents, local business owners and complex institutions. Available on Indiegogo, the guidebook will be released under Creative Commons as open-source content, meaning anybody can contribute to it and join a community of people reclaiming their city around the world.