why

Urban communities across Europe and beyond are increasingly taking the initiative to become more resilient, for example through urban food production or sharing economy initiatives. Usually, such initiatives start from the bottom-up and stem out of specific local conditions, therefore being better placed to address local resilience needs and aspirations.

However, to achieve greater urban resilience, these initiatives need to gain long-term sustainability and agency in instigating new modes of operation and governance of cities, so that local resilience initiatives can flourish and new civic practices can emerge. Collaboration between individual initiatives and the bringing together of multiple knowledges and local experiences have a significant role in the process of enhancing the capacities of urban communities and cities to become resilient.

For this we need tools and processes that can enable collaboration so that improved solutions, which emerge out of local contexts and address local needs, are collaboratively produced. This means enabling local actors to collaboratively define needs and identify potential solutions, promoting local ownership and empowerment to act. Furthermore, it requires facilitating the transfer of locally co-produced knowledge across scales and locations, to enable collective learning and maximize the impact of individual endeavours.

In this context, we aim to address the following research questions:

  • What are the specific conditions shaping (supporting / constraining) civic practices of resilience in specific urban contexts?
  • What might be the roles of researchers and architectural practitioners in fostering civic practices of resilience?
  • What kinds of tools and processes for shared knowledge production might facilitate the emergence and multiplication of civic practices of resilience?
  • What forms of collaboration, organisation and governance might local resilience initiatives need in order to gain a strategic role in advancing urban transformation?

 

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