Posts Tagged ‘Participation’

Getting Residents Involved in Improving Public Spaces: Lessons Learned

Residents’ involvement is vital in developing public spaces. Who better than the residents can talk about what they need, say what is not working, and suggest improvements? It is the residents who actually use the public spaces and their expert practical knowledge is invaluable. The majority of the URBACT USER network partner cities report that […]

By URBACT, on October 10th, 2014 at 20:10

Cities were Meant for People: Change and Conflicts in Using Public Space

Public spaces, as a place where public life and communication unfurl, create a distinctive image of a particular society. The way they are created, used and maintained tells us about the intensity and nature of relations between members of the society. Our presence or absence, our behaviour and the intensity of usage reflect our participation […]

By URBACT, on August 19th, 2014 at 14:11

How to Create ‘Exercise-friendly’ Environments (Spoiler: Network!)

That is not what we’d call a news: exercise is important for public health. That is why it is particularly interesting for cities to think about how they can create ‘exercise-friendly’ environments. Between 2011 and 2013, 9 Dutch cities were involved in a pilot study into the creation of exercise friendly public space, including: Almere, […]

By Simone Pekelsma, on June 18th, 2014 at 17:33

Urban Planning And The Multi-dimensional Communication Era

« Because urban planning has always been based on the gathering and exchange of information and – as a democratic process – on communication between different stakeholders, a change in the method of communication has a significant impact on decision-making throughout the process ». (Stefan Höffken and Chris Haller) By now, you probably have heard […]

By URBACT, on March 25th, 2014 at 13:13

Participation – necessary, complex and fun

Participation is a key element in all modern Urban Development Strategies. Just asking people to vote a local council every four or five years is no longer good enough. People want to have a say in all aspects concerning their neighbourhood from school to traffic and new buildings. Older models of  participation like Arnstein’s “Ladder […]

By URBACT, on November 16th, 2010 at 16:15