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Envisioning urban futures as conversations to inform design and research

Pollastri, S; Boyko, CT; Dunn, N; Cooper, R; Rogers, CDF; Tyler, N; (2018) Envisioning urban futures as conversations to inform design and research. Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers: Urban Design and Planning , 171 (4) pp. 146-156. 10.1680/jurdp.18.00006. Green open access

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Abstract

Recognising that cities provide the context for, and are often the direct beneficiary of, much civil engineering design and construction, it is essential that the future aspirations of city stakeholders are understood, and accommodated where possible. Without this, engineering is likely to prove inefficient at best and potentially ineffective. Developing visions for future cities is essential for all urban design, engineering and planning projects. However, there is a tendency for future visions to be produced in the later stages of research and design processes. Moreover, future visions usually focus on communicating a selection of alternative and coherent scenarios, rather than the complexity of their formation and context. This paper proposes that processes of envisioning urban futures can be designed as conversations among different actors. The resulting visions articulate the multiplicity of perspectives that emerge from such conversations, rather than presenting possible solutions. Drawing from research conducted as part of the Liveable Cities programme, alongside contributions from the Foresight Future of Cities project and Urban Living research, the paper will reflect on how participatory design and information visualisation methods can be adopted to engage participants in developing visions for future cities that articulate complexity and criticalities.

Type: Article
Title: Envisioning urban futures as conversations to inform design and research
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1680/jurdp.18.00006
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1680/jurdp.18.00006
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: design methods & aids, social impact, town & city planning
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Dept of Civil, Environ and Geomatic Eng
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10061926
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