Participatory urban development for climate adaptation in public spaces
The severity of these events varies by region. Urban areas are particularly vulnerable due to high traffic density, urbanization, and the removal of vegetation.
Urban development process.
Cities can counter these upcoming challenges through local climate adaptation. The Urban development process is complex and requires expertise. However, experts alone are insufficient for public urban spaces. Citizens offer valuable insights but are often excluded or face transparency issues, affecting their participation enthusiasm.
Engaging citizens in these processes not only enhances the visibility of collective knowledge but also increases the acceptance of actions resulting from these projects. This can lead to a more sustainable urban development.
We saw the need for a city development involving citiziens, rather than just planning for them.
How we can create a space for citizens to convey their ideas, aspirations, and concerns, to represent their diverse perspectives?
How can we assure a more transparent urban development process to establish a culture of participation?
What is it about?
Parcitypate is a project that focuses on participatory urban development and climate adaptation. It contains two main components: a framework for collecting and dicussing input of citiziens and a digital platform that keeps participants informed about their involvement and tracks ongoing development projects. Using this participatory framework, including various methods and tools, cities can make the perspectives of their residents tangible while ensuring transparency in the urban development process.
Composition of parcitypate
What are the goals?
Collecting implicit knowledge of citizens
Making problems of citizens visible
Creating added value for urban design institutions
Creating a culture of participation
The parcitypate Framework builds the bridge between citiziens and urban development. It provides various methods and tools that enable citizens to take part in the urban design process, regardless of their experience or expertise. Together they create local climate adaption actions for a specific area of their city.
The methods aim to include citizens in a development process, particularly those who are not familiar at generating and expressing their ideas. To approach to various types of participants, we have designed three methods, each tailored to engage participants in their unique manner. These methods can be used independently or sequentially.
Proof of Concept
Within two weeks we engaged with numerous interested citizens and tested the various methods using a sample project scenario of urban development.
The starting point for the tests was climate scenarios we created, including storm surges and heatwaves. We used the Bockgasse of Schwäbisch Gmünd as a local example for climate adaptation. Through the three methods, we collected wishes, ideas, and challenges from citizens for this area.
This approach showed first insights into citizen concerns and preferences.
After a comprehensive analysis, the framework is customized and tailored to meet the requirements of the target city.
To ensure the framework’s maximum transferability, we’ve designed the transfer model with a modular structure. The framework components are categorized into two groups: fundamental, transferable modules and specific, non-transferable modules.
What I did in this project
- Haptic prototype
- Website Coding & Design
- Print design
- Quantitative research
- Conducting and evaluating
- User Testing
- Time Management
The results of the two-week PoC-Phase were published on the website parcitypate.com
Please contact me for more information or access to the full documentary of the thesis.
Master-thesis – Strategic Design M.A.
Dr. Dodo Vögler