Assuming that we all want to move towards sustainable, fair and resilient cities, some qualitative criteria to evaluate the city making projects have emerged. The first and most characterizing concerns the role of collaboration: how much and in which way city making projects are based on collaboration. Collaboration means to do things together for getting practical results that all involved actor recognize.
Therefore, collaborative projects are driven by the collaboration between citizens, and between them and other social actors (as public administration, companies, non-profit enterprises, associations, universities). And they can take different forms, blending horizontal and vertical collaborations, different economic and cultural motivations, and different positions in the innovation trajectory (from initial activism to different forms of normality).

In conclusion, in opposition to the main unsustainable trends that are investing the cities worldwide, that a larger scenario can be drawn: the Scenario of the Collaborative City. The vision of a city where collective intelligence thrives and becomes collective design capability.
What design research can do is to verify these hypotheses and to enrich them with more examples and in-depths observations. This is what several DESIS labs, world wide, in the framework of the Thematic Cluster “Collaborative City”, are committed to do.

The workshop is based on the ideas proposed in the conference “The Making of collaborative Cites”, and it specifically refers to Collaborative Cities scenario. That is, to the quality of collaboration and other quality criteria on which it is based. It aims to understand this scenario, and how to implement it.

Applications and additional information:
(until 11 March)

When: March 23, 2018

Where: Casa da Ciência UFRJ. Rua Lauro Müller, 3 – Botafogo, Rio de Janeiro – RJ, Brazil

Participation is free of charge.
Selected participants will be notified by mail.