The EcoDA project has at its core the idea of developing knowledge through experimentation and the prototyping of useful tools in real-world scenarios. Thus, the project has been structured to include 3 x 3-month residencies in three European cities – Paris, London and Bucharest. The tools and processes prototyped in these three cities will be open and flexible so that they can be easily replicated, adapted and re-appropriated in other city contexts.
The initial case study cities have been chosen for a number of reasons:
- They all are European capital cities that provide geographic, social, cultural and political diversity, considered to sample a representative range of metropolitan contexts across the EU.
- They include diverse geographic areas with different cultural and political framings, and various degrees of urban resilience awareness and support (e.g., high in London, medium in Paris and low in Bucharest).
- At the grant application stage, initial support was obtained from three innovative local architectural practices who share the project’s urban participatory ethos and have conducted significant work in the area of urban resilience: atelier d’architecture autogeree / aaa, Paris (www.urbantactics.org/home.html); Public Works, London (www.publicworksgroup.net/home/); and studioBasar, Bucharest (www.studiobasar.ro/?page_id=3&lang=en). In particular, the first two (aaa and Public Works) have just completed a Life+ EC funded pilot project – R-Urban – involving the creation of a network of civic facilities and resilient practices (http://r-urban.net/en/ and http://www.r-urban-wick.net/). It is intended that these three practices will provide the entry points into the three city contexts, in terms of tapping into local networks and accessing physical sites where to carry out the local experimentation.