#EURegionsWeek

Co-design for new forms of urban living

Wed 14, October 2020
16:30 - 18:00 CET

Urbanisation, climate change and the housing crisis require new forms of habitat and urban space to be designed. Quality projects can only emerge from interdisciplinary discourse, innovative funding schemes as well as the active participation of informed citizens. By putting people at the heart of the design process, citizens are empowered to participate in the creation and regeneration of the urban fabric. They help decision-makers to understand communities' needs and thus to achieve socially and economically sustainable projects.

The session will aim to discuss challenges inherent to participatory approaches, through the presentation of concrete projects, but also good practice examples of how civil society can organise itself to influence the design of the built environment. Special focus will be put on small and medium cities. Ultimately, the workshop will aim to consider a possible methodology for effective participatory design processes.

Eugen Panescu, Member of the ACE Executive Board, Architects' Council of Europe (ACE), Belgium.
Anna Chiambretto, Chargée de projets immobiliers, Community Land Trust Brussels, Belgium.
Marta Jaskulska, Director, Kongres Ruchów Miejskich / Congress of Urban Movements, Poland.
Mohamed Ridouani, Mayor, City of Leuven, Belgium.
Sophia de Sousa, Chief Executive, The Glass-House Community Led Design, United Kingdom.
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Workshop
Cohesion and Cooperation
Architects' Council of Europe (ACE), European Council of Spatial Planners (ECTP), Federal Chamber of German Architects (Bundesarchitektenkammer - BAK), IPOP - Institute for Spatial Polices
English (EN)

Session summary

Urbanisation, climate change and the housing crisis require new forms of habitat and urban space to be designed. Quality projects can only emerge from interdisciplinary discourse, innovative funding schemes as well as the active participation of informed people. People can help decision-makers to understand communities' needs and thus to achieve socially and economically sustainable projects.


During this viritual workshop, we discussed challenges inherent in participatory approaches, through the presentation of projects, but also good practice examples of how civil society can organise itself to influence the design of the built environment. Special focus was put on small and medium cities.


Participatory design processes empower people to participate in the creation and regeneration of the urban fabric and to build more inclusive communities and sustainable cities. While there is no one-size-fits-all solution, there are common tools and techniques available for effective co-design processes.

Take away message

By putting people at the heart of the design process, individuals are empowered to participate in the creation and regeneration of the urban fabric. They help decision-makers to understand and follow communities' needs and thus to achieve socially and economically sustainable projects. Beyond the outcomes, it is important to think about the process: quality places can only be the outcome of quality processes. There is no one simple solution - don’t be afraid to experiment and adapt as you learn! 



Anna CHIAMBRETTO:"Sharing land is also building a community. We involve future homeowners early on in the development of their housing projects. Together with neighbourhood organisations and local citizen initiatives, we open up the project to the neighbourhood. By participating in the development of the project, inhabitants become “real” owners of the project". 

Sophia DE SOUSA: "Empowering individuals to play an active role in the design of their cities requires: creating opportunities for them to engage with the language of design and placemaking and to play an active role in decision-making; building capacity among design and placemaking practitioners to effectively engage with individuals; and a multi-faceted, inclusive and accountable approach to design engagement.”