Agile city futures

With collaborative urbanism, minds intersect. Cities thus access a new flexibility, in phase with the civilizational changes produced by the digital interconnectivity of individuals and corporations.


To act at digital speed

Cities that choose to implement collaborative urbanism projects are updating their methods of urban development. These approaches complement, without replacing, traditional methods of programming and consulting.

Towards the contributory city

Collaborative urbanism lays the foundations for contributory urbanism by enabling the production of individual as well as collective projects. In the short term, real benefits arise:

The WiFi antenna comes from the little cultural centre of the Rosario Favela in Rio de Janeiro. How can Unlimited Cities be used to co-create with the inhabitants and the architects of the city spaces that are preserved from encroachment and precarious urbanism?

Collaborative urbanism, an ethnographic view

by Nancy Ottaviano
LAA - LAVUE UMR 7218 CNRS / ENSAPLV –West Paris Nanterre La Défense and SPEAP, Programme of Experimentation in Arts and Politics at Sciences Po, Paris

" At a time when many discourses concur to claim ‘revolution’ due to the emergence of the new information and communication technologies, it seems more than likely that these technologies impact the vision and conception of the city of tomorrow. This question is at the basis of collaborative urbanism, an approach to the fabrication of the city, a major actor in the development of the Smart City and the Digital City. 

Thanks to the tools developed by the agency, the uniqueness of the approach reveals a dual relevance regarding the links between digitalisation and urbanism: a sociotechnical aspect by associating visualizations and data and a strong community involvement of the public. Sharing the process with the inhabitants from the very beginning - in the pre-programming phase –allows collaborative planning tools to re-examine modalities of participation, the status of the designer and the notion of transparency. This does not exclude the need to build trust between participants, to find ways of constructing a collective voice which will defy any mistrust by renewing questions about shared concerns and the modality of answers (...) "

Collaborative Urbanism Manifesto

How to discuss and share participatory methods of urban planning with designers and contractors? The first aim for us was to step out of generalisations and construct ways to act. This is why in 2012 we wrote a first version of this manifesto. We however let it sleep until 2014 as it only felt legitimate to share it once our theories were tested in the real world.

Today it is a little different. We met many designers and contractors who share similar ideas to what we defined as collaborative urbanism. We now offer this manifesto as a first step, which however requires the invention of a form of governance that intends to improve through collaborative methods. Please feel free to contact us on this subject.


Who is this app for?

This application is for those who view the city as a common good, the city is understood as fundamentally shapeable, through a process of learning by doing each and every one of us can collaborate to imagine and find solutions.

Unlimited Cities is a solution for cities and professionals who wish to work with collective intelligence, notably through new dialogues with civil society, to come closer to common needs and initiate creative and innovative urban solutions.

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