W11: PROTOTYPING FOR CITIES – EXPERIMENTATION PRACTICES IN THE PUBLIC SECTOR

26 Oct 2019
13:30 - 16:30
Grupperom 3

W11: PROTOTYPING FOR CITIES – EXPERIMENTATION PRACTICES IN THE PUBLIC SECTOR

Time: 13:30 – 16:30

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The workshop is facilitated by:

Aim of the workshop

  • Policy experimentations are playing an increasing role in understanding “what works and how it works”. These experiments are used to learn or test policies, programs, spaces and services before large-scale implementation. During this workshop participants will study and discuss cases of prototyping in cities, getting a wider overview of methods, purposes and results. Particularly, highlighting the role of Design and their experimentation approach. Gained skills are:
  • General knowledge on experimentation approaches in cities, with an overview of their strategies, purposes and evaluation methods.
  • Critical analysis on current practices of prototyping, their results, benefits and constraints.
  • A better understanding of the roles and skills of the participants of the prototypes.

Content

  • Introduction:
  • The facilitator describes the workshop activities and objectives, as well as the terminology that will be used. Then, introduces a case study to give a context and exemplify the activity.
  • Case study and mapping:
  • The participants create teams of 4 individuals and each team receive one case of prototyping in cities to be discussed. Later, the team receives a template with questions to be responded according to the case. These questions provide keys to analyse the purpose, methods & tools, context, evaluation, participants & roles, and results of the experiments.
  • General discussion and conclusions:
  • Finally, the teams share with the group their analysis while the facilitator encourages the discussion on the differences of the cases (participants & skills, context, purpose, scale and resources). The session closes with a summary of the conclusions and additional comments or suggestions about the activity.

Preparations

Some materials to read will be suggested to the participants. However, the cases and templates for the workshop will be provided by the facilitator.