Dream Your City, is a project from ecosistemurbano, displaying the approach of network designed implemented for a town square in Dreamhamar, Norway
I first learned of Dreamhamar via my preliminary research on pop-up/participatory urbanism when I came across Christina Rasmussen’s 2012 MA thesis on “Participative Design & Planning in Contemporary Urban Projects.” She does a fantastic job of tracing a historical lineage for today’s #tacticalurbanism & #lighterquickercheaper projects.
In her thesis, she describes the ecosistemurbano coordinators as setting high goals for the participative process: “Dreamhamar aims to reach out for a broad public and different target groups (e.g. youth, immigrants, children, locals from the city and dwellers from the region) in many different ways, as to include participants beyond those who usually would come to public meetings.” Interviews conducted with the Spanish architects and other key participants helps flesh out the process and the deeply held hope that ”participation as a planning phase” has the “potential of increasing the visibility of urban processes for the public.”
Rasmussen concludes by reiterating the connection of these new urban design practices to long-held planning principles of collaboration and communicative action.
“Finally it is remarkable that the presented theories and the extracted values do not present any revolutionary novelty. Indeed they still position themselves against modernistic planning practices and adopt values that were formulated already in the 1960‐1970’s by other planning theorists; they could be thus perceived as ‘old wine in new bottles’ …it could be argued that they propose an evolution of planning values, according to time and the latest technological evolution. They use social technologies and software to develop, for instance, the value of democratic planning.”