Co-designing Infrastructures; community collaboration for liveable cities
Launch of the new co-designing infrastructures book, available by open access PDF for free by UCL Press. Tells the story of a research programme designed to bring the power of engineering and technology into the hands of grassroots community groups, creating bottom-up solutions to global crises.
Four projects in London are described in detail, exemplifying community collaboration with engineers, designers and scientists to enact urban change. The projects co-designed solutions to air pollution, housing, the water-energy-food nexus, and water management. Underpinned by theories of participation, environmental politics and socio-technical systems. This place-based approach to infrastructure is of international relevance as a foundation for urban resilience and sustainability.
The authors document the tools used to deliver this work, providing guidance for others who are working to deliver local technical solutions to complex social and environmental problems around the world.