World Urban Forum 2014
ASF-UK Change by Design event at World Urban Forum 7 in Medellin
Following the successful training session at WUF6 in 2012, ASF-UK will host a Networking Event at the seventh session of UN-Habitat World Urban Forum, to be held in Medellin, Colombia, next April 2014. The event is titled: Participatory Design and Planning for Equitable Cities, and will take place on Tuesday 8 April at 2pm.
Since 2009 ASF-UK has explored participatory design and planning in the global south as a central theme in its international workshops Change by Design, so far delivered in Brazil (2009 and 2010), Kenya (2011) and Ecuador (2013). Change by Design aims to advance participatory design as a way to strengthen marginalized communities and engage citizens in a process of deepening democracy. Unlike conventional participatory methods, it frames participation as a means to challenge the structural conditions that perpetuate urban poverty and exclusion from urban planning, design and governance.
This Networking Event will combine a variety of speakers to discuss the opportunities and limitations of participatory design & planning with the aim is to facilitate exchange on the subject between different stakeholders, particularly local governments and community-based organisations. The event will be structured into three parallel debates, addressing issues of Scale, Time, and Process in participation. Here, speakers and participants will be invited to present and discuss their own work and experience from Africa, Asia, Europe, South America. A closing plenary session will link the debates and examine ways forward.