Design for urban infrastructure

mproving the enabling ecosystem with a hybrid collaborative platform: city-making involving the creation of ecosystems where, thanks to the existence of an appropriate material and non-material infrastructure, a variety of communities and social networks can thrive.


The starting point of these projects is one or more (existing or to be created) physical artefacts which, once in place, could trigger and support different activities and communities. Operating in this way, these artefacts can justifiably be perceived as an infrastructure, and the design process as infrastructure creation. As a whole these projects propose the idea of a city as a set of ecosystems where a variety of communities and social networks can thrive. And also, where design can mainly serve to co-promote a new generation of material and non-material infrastructure.

Proposed Projects

As a whole, the idea these projects propose is of city-making mainly based on the social dimension, via light projects with the capacity to reweave the social fabric.

Type of Projects

Projects creating conditions in which different collaborative initiatives can emerge and thrive. Their results (such as knowledge, products, places and digital platforms) are to be considered as components of a new material and non-material infrastructure.

Besides architecture and planning, the main design disciplines involved are interior and environment design and product-service system design.

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