Hi! We are Urbani
Separe – an association that brings culture and green practices to places and communities where they are truly lacking. We do this through long-term, layered and participatory projects that empower and teach. In this way we try to create sustainable micro-systems for a strong and truly participatory urban development of Rijeka – in all senses. Welcome!
Urban Separe was founded in 2014 in Rijeka with the aim of building and strengthening the capacity of communities through a juicy combination of participation, socially useful activities and culture, so that they can develop and grow independently, using the potential they already have within themselves.
With tactical urbanism, we question problematic areas of the city of Rijeka. Through long-term, layered and participatory methodologies of working with communities, we bring culture and green practices to places and communities where they are truly lacking. In this way, we strive to create sustainable micro-systems for a strong and truly participatory urban development of Rijeka – in all senses.
Our projects have a lasting impact on places, communities and ourselves – they bring positive change and strengthen social solidarity on a micro-level, change public perception of localities, develop audiences, activate communities and strengthen civic initiatives, make culture more accessible and micro-local decision-making tangible and inclusive, encourage personal development and lifelong learning, build a local and international partner network, create active volunteer groups and establish sustainable relations between citizens and formal bodies.
Rječina Nature Park
The only river of Rijeka, Rječina, flowing from the nearby mountains through the city center – neglected, dirty and often dry – desperately needs a joint effort to restore it. Past human interventions along and in the riverbed amplify the impacts of climate change, pose a serious threat to biodiversity, reduce public health and directly destroy the river, blocking any direct access of citizens to its water. The lack of public awareness of the problems that Rječina is facing and the importance that the river has, combined with the lack of political will and/or green vision, places emphasis on the need for a new framework of participation, confidence building and consequently the restoration of the river. This new participatory framework, which combines digital and physical methods, is based on an innovative combination of ecological, spatial and social dimensions operationalized through culture.
The project proposes a meticulously designed process that consists of an awareness campaign and a participatory process of citizen-scientific research. The extensive research effort will inform a series of 3 public events focused on the Rječina river, proposing temporary, spatial and/or social ecological improvements of Rječina sites, communities and nature.
Greetings from Rijeka!
Rijeka is a wonderful city. But what would it look like if it used the potential of each neighborhood? Four locations – Kantrida, Mlaka, Pećine and Zamet – have completely specific stories, characters, problems and potential. These districts are the itinerary of an annual excursion of the Association, its partners, neighbors and the public. “Greetings from Rijeka!” are sent from four emerging communities which will make their surroundings a better place to live through contemporary cultural, artistic and sustainable practices.
During spring and summer, each of the four communities will organize a public event that will highlight the identity of each neighborhood and its potential, creating tangible changes in public space and creating a stronger community. ‘Greetings from Rijeka!’ is a complex public program consisting of a series of activities in the public spaces of Kantrida, Mlaka, Zamet and Pećina – walks, spatial interventions, brunches, films and concerts, art exhibitions and the production of a series of new original artworks, workshops, public forums and educational practices. An outline to fill up together!
We’re learning a lot locally, but what’s the point if we’re not sharing it with our neighbors? Through numerous international projects over the years, especially the Erasmus+ program, we developed a new curriculum along with different methodologies, pocket guides and tools. The Motivate to Create project combines participatory art practices with social action projects to create a set of resources for informal adult education in local communities. Through the Creative Agora project, we encourage the professional development of “artists as educators” in the local community. The RegenerAction project leads us to research the needs for the development of the emerging professional profile of the ‘Urban Community Builder’, which directly contributes to the collective process of urban regeneration throughout Europe by creating resources for capacity building – but also serving as an advocacy document aimed at decision makers.
Our international partners: Goethe-Institut (HR), ZKU / Centre for Urbanism and Culture (DE), Institut de recherche et d’innovation (FR), Universidade de Evoram (PR), MateraHub (IT), Asociación Valencia Inno Hub (ES), Folkuniversitetet Stiftelsen Vid Lunds Universitet (SE), Fundacja ARTeria (PL), Rinova Málaga (ES), Rinova (UK) Dimitra Education & Consulting (GR), UNI’SONS (FR), PRO PROGRESSIONE KULTURALIS (HU), CEPS Projectes Socials (ES), Regionalna Rozvojova Agentura Senec-Pezinok (SK) te Rosetta Art Centre (UK).