A Co-Creative Citylab

Local community design in Asnæs

Location: Asnæs in Odsherred Municipality, Denmark
Client: Ministry of Transport, Housing and Building, Odsherred Municipality
Type: Design and Community Involvement
Status: Finished

Over 2 years, arki_lab worked with the local community and municipality in Asnæs, transforming a vacant property into a “Co-Creative City Lab”, which served as a hub for the community engagement process conducted to develop different public spaces around the city. The process started with various workshops, events and meetings with students and other citizens, aimed at understanding the local character to create a common language. The collected knowledge was translated into temporary installations around the city, which informed the final design of two public spaces.

This project pushes the boundaries of bottom-up urban design, involving the citizens throughout the entire process – from concept to the final design. The project was done in close collaboration with Odsherred Municipality and was funded by the Danish Ministry of Transport, Building and Housing Authority.

YOUTH AS A CATALYST FOR CHANGE

Activating students from the local schools and teaching them about various design tools was a paramount part of the process. Students from the local high school and the middle school took on the role of planners and designers during a 6 month long engagement process, learning to perceive their surroundings and to create spaces in their communities. The students have designed urban installations to transform underutilized areas around the city, while taking into account the citizens ideas, collected during the numerous open lab events and workshops.

THE PROJECT WAS DIVIDED IN 4 PHASES: 

1. In the first phase we conducted different community and stakeholder engagement workshops and events to activate the end-users and collect local knowledge and ideas. The CityLab served as the engagement hub, where citizens could participate in the development and also get information on the status of the project.

2. By analysing the collected data, we identified 9 key sites around the city but after adding the inputs from citizens and stakeholders, in the end we pinpointed 4 sites. The concept design was based on testing different spatial concepts trough temporary installations.

3. We translated knowledge into design projects with aim to strengthen the local identity and sense of ownership. The final designs were decided with the community wishes and ideas, outlined by the user-centered approach.A main goal from the beginning was to strengthen the existing local assets and resources through including them in the project.

4. The final evaluation was conducted with the key stakeholders and the client to summarize the 2 year long process and end-results, both quantitatively and qualitatively. The project resulted in two documents: a manual and a final report.

Click here to read the full report (Danish)


global goals for sustainable development FNS 17 verdensmålSUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS
We strive to use the Sustainable Development Goals as a structuring framework for our projects. This is how this project contributes to a more sustainable future


Global Goals Good Health and well-being FNs 17 verdensmål sundhed og trivsel

3 GOOD HEALTH AND WELL-BEING
Active and healthy lifestyles were a focus of the project and goal for the strategies developed with the youth  



4 QUALITY EDUCATION
The local educational institutions were integrated and students from both primary and high school learned to apply architectural tools.


8 DECENT WORK AND ECONOMIC GROWTH
The project focus on improving Asnæs' image as an attractive and lively commercial junction for both tourists and the catchment areas.


global goals industry innovation and infrastructure FNs verdensmål industri innovation og infrastruktur

9 INDUSTRY, INNOVATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE
In working with the connection between the station and the shopping mall we strive to improve inner coherence and infrastructure.


global goals sustainable cities and communities FNs verdensmål bæredygtige byer og lokalsamfund

11 SUSTAINABLE CITIES AND COMMUNITIES
Involving a broad variety of stakeholders we've strengthened the local unity, hence, supporting a more durable community.


global goals partnerships for the goals FNs verdensmål partnerskab for handling

17 PARTNERSHIPS FOR THE GOALS
The project has brought local initiators and decisionmakers cloaser together which in the future can ease the path for new sustainable projects.


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