20 May 2016
Participatory Design for Public Urban Spaces

The Cities Programme is thrilled to share the results of a year’s work of one of our Senior interns, a new resource titled, Participatory Design for Public Urban Spaces.

Martha Patricia Galán Aguilar (Paty Galán as we know her), an architect and urban designer, worked on this international research project between 2014-2015.

Paty´s research identifies and analyses tools used in participatory design processes for public spaces, as well as the role facilitators play in this process.

She produced a graphic report, which is structured as a case study compilation, exploring nine projects from ten facilitators’ perspective.
Lead Researcher for the ‘Participatory Design for Public Urban Spaces’ project, architect and urban designer, Paty Galan.

This project builds on Paty’s professional experience in Mexico with community participation in large scale public space projects.

The research project came to life from a desire to to find case studies from practitioners across the world and learn from them.

The aim of this publication was not only to showcase the “good” aspects but the “what did not work as expected”, as a self-reflection by the facilitators interviewed.

We thank the professionals who shared their projects, knowledge and experience:

Belinda Tato shared Dreamhamar in Hamar City, Norway and lead by Ecosistema Urbano, a Spain based group of architects and urban designers.

Marisol Garcia shared Antofagasta Limpia y Conectada in Antofagasta, Chile and lead by Ciudad Emergente, a Chile based lab of tools and tactics for Human-Centered Cities.

Yvonne Lynch shared Urban Forest Strategy in Melbourne, Australia and lead by City of Melbourne

Mike Lydon shared Tactical Urbanism for Hamilton in Ontario, Canada and lead by The Street Plans Collaborative, a USA based urban planning, design and research-advocacy firm.

Liz Ogbu shared Now Hunters Point in San Francisco, USA and lead by LIZOGBU, a USA based designer, urbanist and social innovator.

Esben Neander Kristensen shared Asuncion’s Public Life and Public Space in Asuncion, Paraguay and lead by Gehl Architects, a Denmark based urban design practice.

Alexandre Apsan Frediani shared Change by design: Mashimoni in Nairobi, Kenya lead by Architecture Sans Frontières, a UK based NGO that explores and engages in complex issues concerning development.

Nerkis Kural shared Child Attraction Center in Ankara, Turkey lead by Faculty of Art and Architecture, Bilkent University, the first private university in Turkey.

Gisela Mendez and Emma Cohlmeyer shared Huertas del Cura Park in Colima, Mexico lead by Gobierno de la Ciudad de Colima and Sustainable Cities International