Nowadays we are all connected in many ways in cities: socially, economically, environmentally and digitally. The current challenge is to turn these connections into ever more cooperative relationships to foster a common and sustainable future. A city that has a strengthened cooperative ecosystem, that meaning to have many forms of cooperation among those who live in it – active citizens, groups, public bodies, institutions, companies and universities – is better prepared to define an inclusive and common vision to be achieved collectively. This common view connects to the concept of commons, which refers to the shared environments and resources generated by the participation of many, and which constitute the essential productive fabric of the contemporary metropolis. Users of public spaces should have the opportunity to activate themselves as agents of change in the contemporary city. In this context, is fundamental to discuss the progressive emergence of spatialised intelligence.
There are many references to the commons in a wide range of fields, from the academic to the UN and other institutions, but the idea of the commons sometimes can be vague or widespread. In the urban context, rethink the city by the notion of the urban commons is more than providing equal access to institutions and public places, require us to rethink a host of issues such as collectivity, inclusion/exclusion, gender, diversity, power, and government.
All the afore-mentioned digital participatory methods and tools have been developed and experimented in contemporary cities, being closely connected to the UN 'Sustainable Development Goals', especially number 11 – Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable. They connect to a wide set of opportunities and challenges in cross-disciplinary collaboration, enhancing inclusive and sustainable urbanization and capacity for participatory, integrated and sustainable human settlement planning and management and fostering direct participation structures of civil society in urban planning and management that operate democratically.
To discuss and elaborate about that, during two weeks participants will experiment ways to develop urban solutions based on co-creation processes, giving voice to different stakeholders who can play an important role in the reframe of common spaces on a local scale. Co-Creation to be successful it is important to identify networks and involve different types of participants that can take advantage of effective collaborative partnership. This event opens up opportunities to share international best practice and research, to pinpoint fields of opportunity for actions, and to highlight their importance to the construction of a city.
Geolocation technologies and real-time automated data capture are changing the models of participation and design. In addition, for a space to be authentically public, it must be open, democratic and engageable. 'Serious games' are a growing field in city-making. Development of serious online games in urban planning is already a reality, including in public participatory situations in which citizens contribute their opinions about the urban changes in their environment.
The two days conference aims to contribute to enrich the debate around the use of digital technologies in bottom-up urban public space design strategies. The conference is structured in three thematic sessions: Co-design the city, Co-governance and deep democracy, and Digital collective mapping.
Summer School takes place in a real scenario in order to integrate technological knowledge with strategic design concerns. The four days master classes are designed to engage all the participants in an integrated collaborative learning approach to develop an urban design solution in Barreiro, city part of Lisbon Metropolitan Area.
The scope is to establish inclusive strategies that link students, researchers, citizens, local initiatives and municipality with different expertise and increase their ability to deal with the Urban Regeneration and Co-creating design methods for Liveable Spaces.
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