Where are we now
The research teams combine an effort to articulate with the territory and the community for the consolidation of the participatory design process has generated the following steps:
A first approach with the community, to share the project and to identify the interactions which can be managed collectively.
A second step was to plan a collaborative methodology which aims to bring the community to the fore in all the process as well as bringing linkages between local authorities, technical practitioners and advisors.
At the moment, seed funding is available to start the participatory ideation phase, besides the donation of materials by private companies for the prototyping process.
Finally, the Parish GAD has shown interest in the contracting of the park design and its integration into the process initiated by all the aforementioned actors.
An indication of our team’s capacity:
40% funding already raised
80% expertise already found
40% materials / equipment already found
70% builders already found
Finance: € 2,910
The project has the support of academia, private and public sectors for the participatory design process. However, the current resources allocated to the project do not cover specific construction supplies such as painting, contracting of labor and materials.
Our goal is to provide a model of an alternative urban park design process for (in)formal spaces. In this sense, a transversal activity is to generate quantitative and qualitative data which influence the local political agenda, towards a bottom-up policy, related to participatory design in urban and recreational areas in peripheral neighborhoods.
Skills: Design, Planning & Management, Technique, Law & Politics, Financial advice, PR & Marketing
Currently we have a methodology of social production of space and participatory design, to which we have intervened considering the knowledge skills that Architecture in Development can provide us with. However, we consider that three of the most potential knowledge skills A--D bring us are in planning and management, financial advisory, law and politics.
During our process, we seek that the inhabitants of the local community are the ones who finally achieve knowledge about the design and enabling of common urban spaces.
In the case of law and policy, it aligns with our final phase which is to generate quantitative and qualitative data to influence the local political agenda, towards a bottom-up policy, related to participatory design in urban and recreational areas in peripheral neighborhoods.
Stuff: Materials, Equipment & tools
We have planned that the seed funds that we have will be used for the first phase of the project, that is, the approach to the case, definition of focus and preliminary participatory moment. During this time we will develop a series of hybrid workshops, for which these funds will be available for those physical workshop spaces.
While the support we require from A - D has been planned for the testing and adjustment phase. During this time we will need to purchase material and equipment for the prototyping and later for the furniture that is final in the park. Thus, it is expected to buy:
gallons of paint
Supplies for Covid protocol
inputs for security protocol
Utility vehicle (use the drive service)
This project will have the volunteer support of students from the architecture faculty of the University of Cuenca, in two aspects: on the one hand, we will have two thesis that will address the issue of (in) formal public space, where quantitative and qualitative data will continue to be collected. On the other hand, for the laboratory fase: prototyping, testing, implementing and adjustment, we will have students from the same faculty who will attend under the community outreach program.