On 5th and 6th March 2018, Lucie Zvolska from the Urban Sharing team attended the Sharing Cities Shaping Cities symposium held at the Polytechnical University in Milano. She presented the team’s case studies on how sharing is shaped by local governments and urban sharing organisations in three cities: London, Berlin and Malmö.

The symposium addressed how sharing shapes cities, how spaces are designed and lived in the light of escalated social interactions, and what habits and routines take place in a post-individualist society. It was attended by academics in the fields of urban studies, urban planning and design, service design, sociology, geography, anthropology and innovation studies, and by practitioners and local government officials. There were a number of inspirational presentations presented at the symposium, such as on the impact of short-term accommodation sharing platforms on the city of Melbourne (by Jacqui Alexander from Monash University); how we can create effective synergies between local and regional agents of change in the light of low-carbon local initiative and regional climate change policies (by Lidewij Tummers from Delft University of Technology); and on the effect of a bike sharing system on the lives of citizens of Beijing, China (by Yiyun Sun and Seyed Hassan Sheikh). For more information, go to http://www.sharingcities-shapingcities.polimi.it/