Safer Cities Lab

Besides good urban governance, management and planning, we should think about how we safeguard our cities through a design perspective. This workshop will explore what gaps creativity can fill in order to uphold safer cities across the globe. Safer Cities serves to start the research for creating urban living labs that will explore how designers, academics and policymakers can integrate creativity and frugal innovation in urban safety initiatives. 

In partnership with the Centre for Frugal Innovation in Africa (CFIA) and the Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies (IHS), the goal of this lab will be to present a research based action plan to illuminate if and why creative cities are safer cities, in preparation for the 2020 World Urban Forum 10 in Abu Dhabi. For this plan, we will focus on two pilot cities: Nairobi and Durban.


A Radical Collaboration Lab is a hands on design research experience, focused on gaining a deep understanding of a problem and at the same time developing new perspectives on it. This lab will focus on new perspectives, which aims to exclusively rethink and reframe, offering new angles and methods to approach a problem. The lab is discussion and research oriented, with a future goal to establish new connections, projects and design challenges.

Lab PARTner



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 will work 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.

Safer Cities Lab needs you!

Each lab has been carefully selected to ensure a range of key figures are present, but we want to hear from our community too. Want to join? Apply online with some information about yourself, and why you’d make a great addition to Safer Cities Lab.

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