The EcoDA co-production strategy focused on co-designing digital tools with potential users. These included architectural practitioners who have had a key role in initiating and/or supporting community resilience projects, and formal and informal local groups with whom they collaborate as part of these projects.
The co-design process involved three stages:
- Visioning: needs mapping workshops in London, Paris and Bucharest to better understand what resilience means in each urban context and to define key needs for tools.
- Prototyping: research residencies in each of the three cities to engage with the local practitioners’ projects and prototype some of the tools defined in the previous stage.
- Reflection & transferring: co-reflection sessions held during the EcoDA Symposium to explore opportunities for ‘amplifying’ the locally-informed tools so that they gain wider relevance, beyond the initial context and user group.
The digital tools prototyped in Paris, London and Bucharest reflect the specific characteristics of the practices employed as case studies and their resilience needs. The tools are intended at enabling these practices to become more sustainable in the long run and at supporting them in generating locally-relevant replications elsewhere. At the same time, tools have also been explored that could facilitate connections and knowledge-sharing between different practices and locations.
The EcoDA digital prototypes are made up of existing digital technologies, re-appropriated for the specific needs of the community practices for which they were developed. Each prototype (or toolkit) could be described as an assembly of technologies, brought together via a ‘portal’ – each website is built using the Hotglue software as a base.
> Toolkit prototyped as part of the Paris residency with AAA, offering tools for the self-management of community resilience hubs.
> Toolkit prototyped as part of the London residency with Public Works, offering support tools for communities to resource urban commons initiatives.
> Toolkit prototyped as part of the Bucharest with studioBasar, offering tools that encourage knowledge-sharing across a network of local libraries and engagement with their communities of users.
> Toolkit prototyped as an outcome of a Live Project by SSoA students and in collaboration with Public Works, offering tools for knowledge and skill sharing.
These toolkits, although developed in connection to specific needs and challenges, are aimed at being transferrable and replicable. The digital prototypes form the basis of a platform for commoning resilience practices, which has been initiated during the EcoDA Symposium and is open for future development and use beyond the EcoDA project.
The EcoDA project was presented at two international conferences:
- Challenges and Best Practice in Co-production, 18 May 2016, Sheffield, UK (presentation here)
- Urban Transitions Global Summit, 5-9 September 2016, Shanghai, China (presentation here)
Theoretical and methodological aspects of the project have been discussed in the following papers:
- Baibarac, C. and Petrescu, D. ‘Open-source resilience: a connected commons-based proposition for urban transformation’ (forthcoming, Urban Transitions Conference Proceedings, Procedia Engineering)
- Baibarac, C. and Petrescu, D. ‘Co-design and urban resilience: visioning tools for commoning resilience practices’ (under review, CoDesign Journal)
- Baibarac, C, Langley, P. and Petrescu, D., ‘Open prototyping of digital tools for urban commoning’ (in progress)
- C.Baibarac, Petrescu, D. , Axinte, A., Lang, A. and Petcou, C. ‘Open-source resilience through platforms for commoning civic practices: the EcoDA approach to urban transformation’ (in progress)