Come on May 11th, 2023 to Kasárne/Kulturpark, Košice

International conference on well-being, urban development, and public services.

PLACE! invites experts from different fields to explain and share how they create successful stories, strategies, and what matters in developing livable cities and places.

PLACE! wants to explore how improving public services and service design influences citizens’ well-being.

PLACE!, as a final conference of our project Košice 2.0, brings together a range of people who share a passion for experience and knowledge sharing, learning, and collaboration, focusing on improving our cities.

Please, register on the link bellow. Entry is free, but the capacity is limited.

Register here


Charles Landry

Charles Landry works with cities around the world to help them make the most of their potential. He is widely acclaimed as a speaker, author, innovator, and he facilitates complex urban change projects. He is co-founder of the Creative Bureaucracy Festival and chair of the BMW Foundation RISE Cities Sounding Board. He has published extensively. Most recently The Civic City in a Nomadic World, The Creative Bureaucracy (with Margie Caust), An Advanced Introduction to the Creative City, Psychology & the City (with Chris Murray) and The Digitized City.

Petra Marko

Petra Marko is an architect and placemaking expert who has worked across client-side enabling, placemaking and design advocacy in London for over 15 years. She sat on the inaugural UK National Infrastructure Commission Young Professionals Panel; led think tanks at The London School of Architecture; and co-authored VeloCity, a strategic vision solving critical issues facing rural areas today. Petra is co-founder of Marko&Placemakers and creative director on place projects at Milk, where she has led the research and co-authored the book Meanwhile City – a how to guide of best practices in temporary interventions. Petra is an advocate for car-free walkable neighbourhoods, inclusive public spaces and an active commuter cyclist.

Martin Howitt

Martin is a Technology Lead from The Data Place, that was formed in 2016 and is a social enterprise made up of data scientists, designers, community builders and strategists helping people and places thrive. They work with businesses, charities, social enterprises and public sector agencies to enable and empower them to conceive and implement their own data infrastructure and ecosystems. They provide a range of technical services including data compliance, data management, data analysis, data science, open data programmes, design with data, and a wide spectrum of data training.

Levente Polyak

Levente Polyak is an urban planner, researcher, community advocate and policy adviser. With his organisation Eutropian, he co-edits the Cooperative City magazine and helps public administrations and citizen initiatives across Europe create new partnerships, cooperation processes, learning trajectories and knowledge exchange around themes of spatial development, social inclusion and environmental sustainability. He’s co-author of the books Funding the Cooperative City (2017), Il rilancio dei mercati (2019) and The Power of Civic Ecosystems (2021).

Alexander Shevchenko

Alexander Shevchenko is the founder of Zvidsy Agency, a strategic urban development firm. Since March 2022 Alexander also leads ReStart Ukraine, which is both a project and an NGO. As an urban practitioner since 2015, Alexander explores today the complexity behind postwar rebuilding. Alexander has a multi-sectoral background in civil engineering, spatial planning, and urbanism. Prior to working for ReStart Ukraine, Alexander used to work and study in Ukraine, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Germany, and Malaysia with various international stakeholders such as UN-Habitat (WUF 9), GIZ, USAID, UNDP.

Michal Hladký

Michal is a director of Creative Industry Košice – the legacy organization after Košice European Capital of Culture 2013. He is an author of the Košice ECoC bid project concept and has experience with its implementation and sustainability strategy. Michal is leading and is part of international projects for CCI’s development, cross-sectorial projects, education, mobilities, and business models. He is the culture and creative industries policy advisor on the city, regional and national levels. He represents the City of Košice in the UNESCO Creative Cities Network. Michal is the European Creative Business Network co-chair as the EU funding lead. He is an interim director for the emerging colocation center within EIT Culture and Creativity.


8:15 – 9:00 – registration, welcome coffee

9:00 – 9:10 – welcome to PLACE!

9:10 – 9:45 – Michal Hladký

9:45 – 10:30 – Charles Landry

10:30 – 11:00coffee break

11:00 – 11:40 – Petra Marko

11:40 – 12:20 – Levente Polyak

12:20 – 13:45lunch beats

13:45 – 14:05 – Alexander Shevchenko

14:05 – 14:45 – Martin Howitt

14:45 – 15:25 – Barbora Ruščin

15:25 – 15:35closing words

15:35 – 16:30 – chat & cheers