How can citizens initiate and steer effective urban transformation processes? What are the conditions that enable civic stakeholders to involve themselves actively in urban transformation projects, or, eventually also kick them off?
In the TuneOurBlock project we investigate such questions, amongst others, with our consortial collaborators in two Living Labs in Vienna and Berlin.
Recently the first workshop in Vienna’s Living Lab – the superblock initiative in Lichtental, 1090 Wien – has been held. LAUT analysed the project area and led the process to develop scenarios for traffic organisation schemes to significantly reduce on street parking and inhibit motorised traffic to drive through the project area.
Based on these studies the team of AIT was able to create an experimental interactive participation tool for stakeholder involvement. The tool allows for a playful interaction with the different options for the superblock project and gives (real time) feedback on a variety of KPIs such as tree planting density or reduction of on-street parking. With the help of the tool these versions of the superblock can be overlaid and visualised as augmented reality overlays or provide a simple first-person VR experience of the transformed streetscape.
During the workshop our local partner – the agenda group “Lebenswertes Lichtental” – also collected inputs for their own advocacy work lobbying for a local superblock project. The group involved the neighborhood by mapping out ideas for the superblock project on a planview of the superblock site.
We are looking forward to applying our involvement strategies during the course of 2023 in the TuneOurBlock Living Lab!