Citizenship is gaining new meanings in times of urban engagement, urban activism and social entrepreneurialism. Cities of Europe are promoting new forms of do-it-yourself open-source and emergent urbanism. Urban space is a contested objects of ownership, which is increasingly disengaged from the political sphere. Yet, some seem to own the city more than others.
Since the last two decades, citizenship is being associated with the capacity of individuals to actively engage and change urban space and it is emancipated from the abstract, and nation dependent, idea of voting rights and political representation in councils. The imperative of active citizenship, together with an idea of citizenry as ‘practice of making’ are becoming central in discourses and the city is becoming the space where new rights are exercised. This event aims at reflecting on the recent trends in urban activism and city-making from a political point of view. We will discuss and reflect on the challenges and opportunities of thinking about urban citizenship as a practice of active engagement which extend beyond politics.