Living Streets is an experiment that allows citizens to temporarily transform their street into a sustainable place they’ve always dreamed of.
Envisioning: relating to public interest
During a time period of two months some streets in Ghent are turned into a beautiful and lively meeting space covered with a green carpet, plants, playgrounds for children, shared meals and a whole range of activities that cannot take place normally when these streets are used for traffic. In three years the project has grown from two living streets to twenty-five living streets.
Activating & experimenting: initiating & testing
Trojan Lab, the independent network of collaborating citizens, businesses, governments and organizations organizing the Living Streets, shows trough practical experience that structural changes towards new and more sustainable way of living are possible and so-doing stimulates the sustainable transition in the city.
Living Streets Ghent, winner of the Flemish Price Urban Development (Thuis in de Stad prijs) are a laboratory, searching for solutions to help accelerate a sustainable City.
As participants stated during the project: “Experimentation is a huge opportunity to strengthen a neighbourhood’s social contacts. During the process almost all inhabitants get in touch with each other as they use their streets as parks. These intensified contacts stay after the testing period is over.”