Design-enabled Participatory Citymaking


“This article aims to unravel the tensions that obstruct participatory city making: the processes in which government, entrepreneurs and citizens co-create new solutions for urban challenges. Participatory city making is explored and conceptualized through an empirical grounded study of local civil servants and citizen initiatives in Rotterdam. Through interviews and a set of three workshops the practices of these city makers are studied. A need for more transparency, influence and exchange was identified. The value of design is explored in general, and specifically the design of possible tools and interventions, to address the identified issues and tensions. This exploration shows that design-enabled interventions could, on the one hand, by `infrastructuring’, anticipate on the diffused design activities of individual actors in the urban context, and on the other hand, the use of these tools and interventions could promote participatory approaches among the different city makers towards urban sustainability transitions.”

Full reference: De Koning, J., Puerari, E., Mulder, I. & Loorbach, D. (2018). Design-enabled Participatory City Making. Proceedings of 2018 IEEE International Conference on Engineering, Technology and Innovation (ICE/ITMC), 18-20 June 2018, Stuttgart, pp. 1-9. DOI: 10.1109/ICE.2018.8436356