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Urban INC
Tangible culture – historical sites and buildings, Tangible culture – Libraries and archives

Urban INC stands for Urban Insights Centre and is born out of our experience in developing instruments for urban change in Romania and Central and Eastern European countries, at large. We work towards formulating meaningful insights on urban dynamics in Romania and we bring together stakeholders and citizens to experiment, learn and scale new solutions.

Our long term goal is to tackle complex urban challenges and to catalyse creativity in Romanian cities. For this, we apply tools and techniques from various fields, like action research, process design and theories of change. We start by connecting local talent with global innovations, creating trust and also a sense of urgency for the small and big changes of our communities. We strongly encourage interdisciplinary and improbable collaborations, in recognition of the unknown territories that cities constantly form.

Our Urban Talks work as mobile laboratories for testing and sampling change making, through expert presentations and testimonials, research, site visits, mapping and informal information exchange, guerrilla and digital art for social change.

We are also a physical space, a neutral zone for inspiring critical thinking and creativity in Romanian cities, based in a former industrial space at Industria Bumbacului (Cotton Industry), Splaiul Unirii 160, Bucharest, Romania.

Irina Paraschivoiu