STIPO and STIPO Thessaloniki, Association Deltametropolis and partners invite you to join our 4-day Metropolitan Field Trip Thessaloniki: City of Youth. From Thursday, October 6 to Sunday, October 9 we explore Thessaloniki and meet with local citymakers, entrepreneurs and regional authorities. Join us and study the dynamics of this European metropolis.
Join the Thessaloniki Field Trip
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STIPO and STIPO Thessaloniki, Association Deltametropolis and partners invite you to join our 4-day Metropolitan Field Trip Thessaloniki: City of Youth. From Thursday, October 6 to Sunday, October 9 we explore Thessaloniki and meet with local citymakers, entrepreneurs and regional authorities.
Thessaloniki, City of Youth
Thessaloniki is the second biggest city of Greece and one of the most important ports in Southeast Europe. It is a lively creative city, famous of its youth community and a member of the 100 Resilient Cities program and network. Historically, the city has been a meeting point for different civilizations, holding a strategic role in the Balkan and the Mediterranean area.
European Capital of Culture in 1997 and Youth Capital in 2014,Thessaloniki puts forward the relationship between the city makers and the municipality, presents a huge concentration of students and youth. as well as a very strong and dynamic scene for music, film and design.
Some of the themes the field trip will focus on:
* the soul of Thessaloniki
* the role of local youth in city development
* the mutual relation between citymakers and the city
* next economy, music, film, design, festivals, young startups, incubators
* initiatives dealing with austerity, vacancy and refugees
* Thessaloniki in the global Resilient Cities program
* the city at eye level, place-making, human scale public space
* metropolitan networks
* key development projects, such as the waterfront
Preliminary programme | Save the date!
(subject to change, details to follow)
Day 1 - The Planned City
Thursday, October 6 | Thessaloniki has always been a crossroad of civilizations. It is one of the most important ports in Southeast Europe and a node of important Balkan and Mediterranean networks, which form its metropolitan identity up until today. Being the European Youth Capital in 2014, Thessaloniki puts forward the relationship between city-makers and municipality, on both the micro- and macro-planning scale.
Day 2 - The Lived City
Friday, October 7 | Thessaloniki’s greatest asset is its human capital. Civic entrepreneurship, initiatives that deal with active citizenship, placemaking, food, vacancy, austerity, refugees and migrants are creating the city’s “next economy”. Creativity and innovation are also part of Thessaloniki’s strong points, as these present a dynamic and international scene for cinema, music and design, which have historically developed mainly from the bottom-up.
Day 3 - The Soul of the City
Saturday, October 8 | What is the soul of Thessaloniki? On the last day of the fi eld trip we will attempt to bring forward the genius loci of the city. We’ll walk around, absorb the experiences of the built and human environment and refl ect on the multiple identity layers of the city. Using our collective intelligence we will pinpoint our gained inspiration, while contributing with our perception and ideas for the city.
Day 4 - Travel Back
Sunday, October 9 | Free Day: city walks, site visits and travelling back home.
|Thessaloniki - European Youth Capital|
Why should you join the Metropolitan Field Trip to Thessaloniki?
Because you are somewhat actively engaged in the transition of cities, or urban development in general. You want to broaden your horizon and witness how things are done elsewhere in Europe. You want to meet new people within your field of interest or profession, and want to establish sustainable (inter)national contacts. And first and foremost, you want to get a unique perspective on Thessaloniki, gain this in the company of an inspiring group of peers and have the practicalities taken care of.
The costs for this Field trip are € 650,- per person. There is room for maximum 25 participants.
- Including: hotel (3 nights), breakfast, lunch and diner, local transport, tours and presentations.
- Excluding: transportation to and from Thessaloniki. You are required to book this yourself. **
Student offer: students can accompany us on the trip for a reduced fee of € 350,- per person. This is excluding accomodation, students are required to book this themselves. Limited availability!
** Regular flights to Thessaloniki leave from Amsterdam. Booking the flights is
the responsibility of the participants. For those signing up in June, we will be
able to also arrange relatively inexpensive flights.
Payment & registration
Registration is mandatory, please register for the Metropolitan Field Trip Thessaloniki below or contact us via | firstname.lastname@example.org | for more information. Your registration is final when payment is received.
Rinske Brand - Brand Urban Agency
Tess Broekmans - Urhahn
Ad Burger - Gemeente Oosterhout
Anastasia Chranioti - Vereniging Deltametropool
Bert Determan - Schouwburg Rotterdam
Sytske du Crocq - Sytske du Crocq
Paul Gerretsen - Vereniging Deltametropool
Rob Groen - Stipo
Karin Hagelstein - Wit Communicatie
Stefan Herwig - Conversation Next
Mario Husten - Holzmarkt Berlin
Bernadette Janssen - BVR
Hans Karssenberg - Stipo
Wytze Kuijper - Studio ZOOOW!
Jeroen Laven - Stipo
Maartje Luisman - SVP
Jaap Modder - Brainville
Jan Oosterman - Oosterman Vrijetijdszaken
Floortje Opbroek - Pakhuis de Zwijger
Ania Pilipenko - Holzmarkt Berlin
Laurens Roose - LRAU
Ronald Schepers - Wit Communicatie
Jaap Schoufour - Bureau Broedplaatsen Projectmanagementbureau Gemeente Amsterdam
Arwen Schram - Gemeente Amsterdam
Martine Sluijs - PIP en partners
Theo Stauttener - Stad2
Luuk Tepe - Gemeente Arnhem
Nancy van Asseldonk - Reinwardt Academie
Parcifal van den Berg - Berg Unlimited
Caro van der Pluijm - MissC and CBK Rotterdam
JanJelle van Hasselt - Wit Communicatie
Nathalie van Hoeven - BEAT Development
Monica Wigman - Modus Communicatie Advies
Floor Ziegler - Broedstraten, Noorderpark
Metropolitan Field Trips (2014-2016)
This Metropolitan Field Trip to Thessaloniki is the ninth in a series, in which a high-profile (mainly Dutch) group searches for mechanisms of urban change. We look for connections with our colleague planners, cultural entrepreneurs, architects, urban planners, administrators, artists, developers and designers. The Metropolitan Field Trips 2014-2016 explore the urban changes in the new Europe (city in transition / new europe). We look at the current upscaling and the changing roles and interaction between top-down and bottom-up actions.
Field Trip partners