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FUTURE (From Urban to hUman Regeneration): Systemic co-design in four European cities

Format: Papers, RSD12, Topic: Architecture & Planning, Topic: Learning & Education

Fiona Descoteaux, Donagh Horgan, and Stephen Wall

Contemporary urban regeneration practices remain limited in their capacity to effectively incorporate multiple stakeholder inputs and provide equitable solutions to urban problems. The European Union Erasmus+ funded FUTURE (From Urban to hUman REgeneration) project provides knowledge and capacity to students and professionals in government, business, and community to underscore human-centred system design in our communities. Target groups come from diverse disciplines across the regeneration sector, united in their need for better ways to engage citizens in their work and process. The FUTURE programme responded to a lack of community-based engagement mechanisms, cognisant of the need for human-centric system design approaches across the built environment sector.

The project piloted practice-based training, creating a curriculum to equip participants with knowledge in the co-production of frameworks and approaches as well as the skills to deliver solutions with and for communities. In the Dublin pilot, students learned how to frame societal challenges from the perspective of the community in Ballymun, once the location for Europe’s largest urban renewal project. Following a qualitative research approach, students practised community engagement techniques to centre the lives of residents in the process. Making clear the significance of evidence-based planning, learners identified specific spatial challenges that might be addressed in Integrated Action Plans (IAPs) toward shared outcomes for the community. FUTURE has succeeded in developing a curriculum capable of adapting to local conditions and being suitable for a range of participants, including master’s level students, civil servants, design practitioners, and community and business leaders. The living lab component generated valuable experience in delivering this curriculum in a real-world setting. The work of FUTURE is available as a playbook for scaling this impactful systemic co-design programme.

KEYWORDS: co-design, urban rehabilitation, engagement

RSD TOPICS: Architecture & Planning, Learning & Education

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Author(s): Fiona Descoteaux, Donagh Horgan, and Stephen Wall
Year: 2023
Title: FUTURE (From Urban to hUman Regeneration): Systemic co-design in four European cities
Published in: Proceedings of Relating Systems Thinking and Design
Volume: RSD12
Article No.: pre-release
URL: https://rsdsymposium.org/from-urban-to-human-regeneration
Host: Georgetown University
Location: Washington DC, USA
Symposium Dates: October 6–20, 2023
First published: 30 September 2023
Last update: no update
Publisher Identification: ISSN 2371-8404
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