Co-design for new forms of urban living

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


Anna CHIAMBRETTO:"Sharing land is also building 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” holders of the project"

Sophia DE SOUSA: "Empowering citizens to play an active role in the design of their cities requires: creating opportunities for citizens 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 citizens; and a multi-faceted, inclusive and accountable approach to design engagement.” 

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