The EcoDA methodology is developed around the idea of co-production, which takes the form of a co-design process for developing the intended tools and processes with potential users. We identify potential users through local practitioners – in this instance, research-based architectural practices, who have acted as mediators and/or initiators of civic practices of resilience in their cities. Furthermore, the products of the research, which will result through the co-production process, will be circulated back into the communities who contributed to their production and released as open-source, to enable further development after the life of the project.
The research process builds on this co-production approach and includes three main stages:
- WP1: collaborative mapping workshops with local participants (formal and informal groups who are experimenting with various aspects of local resilience) to better understand what resilience means for each local context and define key needs for the tools to be prototyped during the residencies.
- WP2: co-design experiments with local participants in each of the three cities to prototype and test selected digital tools, according to local needs and conditions. The experiments will include the setting up of wireless mesh networks and hands-on workshops with potential users to ‘make’ tools together. After an initial setting up and trialling period, the participants will be encouraged to continue to use the prototypes without the researchers’ involvement.
- WP3: co-reflection sessions, which will bring together representatives of the local participants in order to evaluate the tools and the co-design process. These sessions will lead to the definition of a toolkit and a co-produced manual (or handbook), based on the overall project process, which will include potential governance, management and economic models that could ensure the sustainability of the emergent networks. The outputs will be launched during a final project Symposium and released under a Creative Commons Licence (Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License).