D3.7: Reports on co-design process

Work Package 3, led by Eurac Research, provides the common knowledge framework needed to achieve Visionary and integrated Solutions proposed by the VARCITIES project.

Specifically, within Task 3.3, Deliverable 3.7 aims to deepen one of the four stages of VARCITIES cocreation strategy: co-design.

Key messages

  • The co-design process is a key stage of VARCITIES co-creation strategy , aimed at integrating stakeholders’ inputs into the project’s outputs.
  • It is an iterative process that focuses on developing, refining, and properly testing the proposed Visionary Solutions, shifting away from an expert-driven approach and enabling end users as active and equal contributors.
  • The approach ensures the project’s positive impact and adoption in cities: it helps Pilot Cities stay on track and gain awareness of the strengths and weaknesses of their plan.

Executive Summary

In an increasingly urbanised world, cities face several challenges and threats, struggling to propose credible urban futures and new opportunities for their citizens. The vision of the VARCITIES project is to implement real, visionary ideas – Visionary Solutions – and add value by establishing sustainable models for increasing the health and well-being of citizens, who are exposed to diverse climatic conditions and challenges in and around Europe. In particular, the objective of Work Package 3 is to provide a common knowledge baseline to guide and support local administrations in this process. Accordingly, the present report contains a summary of the co-design process, one of the four stages of the overarching co-creation strategy that aims to integrate stakeholders’ inputs into the project’s outputs. In this strategy, co-design is intended as an iterative process to develop, refine and test properly the proposed Visionary Solutions. The methodology aims to shift design away from an expert-driven process towards enabling end users as active and equal idea contributors. Feedbacks are collected during a double round of local workshops, facilitating dialogue and cross-fertilisation of ideas to ensure project’s positive impact and uptake in cities. The effective and efficient participation of pilots in these co-design activities helped them to stay on course during the various steps of the process and to gain awareness of the strengths and weaknesses of their plan.

This is a confidential deliverable, as such the full deliverable is not available to the public.

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