A participatory urban development approach
UrbanSpaces fosters the development of vibrant neighborhoods, districts, and cities. It consists of a framework, a set of canvases, and a workshop approach. Inspiring residents, entrepreneurs, and organisations to collaborate on their future.
Developing a district or neighborhood is a challenging task. It appears that a community can only be successfully developed by involving residents, organisations, and entrepreneurs together at the same time. The difference will be made through using an effective approach. UrbanSpaces provides such an approach.
What is UrbanSpaces?
UrbanSpaces consists of a framework, canvases and a workshop format. A set of tools for shaping fruitful neighborhood conversations. Sharing different points of view results in a communal understanding of the current situation of a neighborhood. Which serves as a foundation for identifying interventions or providing in-depth insight into the impact of a change initiative or investment.
How does UrbanSpaces work?
A meaningful conversation takes shape during a two-hour interactive session with residents, housing corporations, municipalities, investors, and other neighborhood stakeholders. The neighborhood is physically constructed on the canvases during the session. Every essential element in the neighborhood has a place.
Each element's level of development is reviewed with one another. Interventions are defined and insights are shared. It is also possible to see the impact of a potential change project or investment. It is serious play in which the dialogue is initiated and facilitated professionally.
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What are the results?
The results of as session are clearly summarised to guide the neighborhood's future development. Insights are easier to communicate than traditional urban plans. Quickly, too, because all participants were present. Results are:
UrbanSpaces is a collaborative effort between UrbanSpaces and the Municipality of Nijmegen in the Netherlands. This approach is built upon extensive research on participatory urban development. Through field testing, we have successfully implemented the approach, leading to the initiation of several impactful initiatives.