The key characteristic of the work plan is to develop expertise as we harvest knowledge during the international design workshops held by each of the partner projects (urban design projects in existing living labs). Through a series of distinct local workshops held by each of the participating groups we will collectively gather inputs to designs, develop ways to evaluate the FEW NEXUS projects, and improve community and stakeholder participation.
The aim of every workshop is to co-design a solution for the project site and develop additional knowledge according to a specific theme. The knowledge will feed back into the platform and help to build up an analytical decision support tool (FEWprint). In this way new knowledge will be available for use in local workshops in partner countries. The enriched platforms and advanced analytical tools can then be used as the starting point for international workshops that will be held in the next partner country. The same process will be used in each country, with the focus shifting to additional themes (including technology, people, regional resilience and climate, local integration, regional design for far future, implementation).
New knowledge developed in each workshop will be applied in the partner countries and added to the platforms – enhancing the usefulness of the analytical decision support tool. The first four international workshops focus on holistic themes, such as technology, people, geography and climate. The knowledge and solutions developed in these thematised workshops will subsequently be integrated in the final two international workshops at three different scales: the building, neighbourhood and the city. In this way the total project is iteratively phased with a moveable nexus travelling along the project partner projects. In the process we will collectively develop new knowledge and deliver designs at different scales in each partner city. In the end the material will be integrated with the analytical decision support tool, which will be made public and formatted for use by others. This framework is illustrated in Fig 1.
- SP: Strategic Plan; FSP: Final Strategy Plan;
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