Currently, over half of the global population are believed to be living in a city. The desire to improve urban safety is shared worldwide, but to what extent does creativity play a role in this? Urbanisation, especially in developing countries, has been accompanied by increased levels of crime, violence, lawlessness, and societal conflict. Besides good urban governance, management and planning, we should think about how we safeguard our cities through a design perspective. 

In partnership with the Centre for Frugal Innovation in Africa (CFIA) and the Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies (IHS) The Safer Cities Lab looked into successful examples of how urban safety has been addressed in creative ways. Together with workshop participants, we explored what defines urban safety, where creativity can play a promising role, and what kind of stakeholders need to be involved in these kinds of initiatives. This workshop was a part of a broader collaborative agenda and outcomes have informed follow-up activities exploring this topic.  

Discover how creativity can help make cities safer!



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The Leiden-Delft-Erasmus Centre for Frugal Innovation in Africa (CFIA) is an academic research centre focused on frugal innovation. CFIA investigates how frugal innovations and technologies contributes to poverty reduction, inclusive development and sustainable outcomes. With their research and activities they focus on addressing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s).

ABOUT Institute for housing and urban development studies

The IHS or Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies is an education, advisory and research institute of Erasmus University Rotterdam. The development of human and institutional capacities, reducing of poverty and the improvement of urban life has been at the core of its mission for over 60 years. Their approach is a cross-fertilization of three activities: education, advisory services and applied research.

About the Radical collaboration Labs

In a one-day event, 200+ interdisciplinary participants worked closely with our partners to develop new paths for future design interventions, that we can share across the world – challenging the pressing issues we face today.

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