Achieving Liveable and Sustainable Urban Futures Through Collaborative Design: Exploration of Collaborative Practices in the Urban Design Scene of Copenhagen

Flóra Zsófia Breiner & Karolina Martyna Kuzma

Student thesis: Master thesis

Abstract

The accelerating urbanisation and the growing contribution of the urban population to environmental damageexerted a substantial impact on the quality of living spaces in contemporary cities. Due to the high complexityof urbanisation challenges, governments and urban planners need to search for cross-cutting policies and toolsthat consider the social and cultural richness of the cities and direct urban development towards sustainableand liveable futures. The achievement of a sustainable change in urbanisation patterns necessitates a wholeof-the-society involvement that acknowledges the role of all urban stakeholders in shaping the cities oftomorrow. Design-driven urban innovation based on human-centred precepts holds the potential to facilitateinclusive urbanisation processes as well as their inclusive outcomes.This study explores collaborative urban design practices exercised by organisations operating in the urbanplanning field in Copenhagen. The authors aim to identify the methods and approaches applied by a variety ofprofessionals to leverage the collective power and resources of local communities when pursuing urban projects.Moreover, the intention of this thesis is to establish a list of collaborative urban design practices that lay thefoundation for sustainable and liveable urban futures. The insights collected through nineteen lengthyinterviews with top-level architects, designers, urban and environmental planners, and social scientistsconstitute the empirical base of this research.Research results led to the construction of several assertions and propositions concerning collaborative urbandesign practices and approaches whose spreading and broad application is likely to benefit the futures of citiesand condition their sustainable and liveable development. The authors suggest a three-dimensional conceptualapproach to the core research inquiry and put forth a set of practices and efforts recommended for urbanplanners, architects and the entire collaborative urban design ecosystem; a list of practices believed to enhancethe inputs and engagement of non-expert participants of collaborative urban projects; and a number ofarguments advocating the substantial contribution of social science professionals to processes that implicatecitizen participation.

EducationsMSocSc in Organisational Innovation and Entrepreneurship , (Graduate Programme) Final Thesis
LanguageEnglish
Publication date2019
Number of pages121
SupervisorsKristjan Jespersen