INSTITUCION ARSIMOR JOPUBLIK
Identification and involvement
of a local partner
An NGO, a public or private institution, a
design practice, having a rooted experience
in intervention in the open spaces in the cities
where they operate.
These are some of the organizations that have akready been involved
by Urbego in its international Urban Pockets project.
Planning site maintenance
A year plan for the maintenance and management
of the space is defined by all the actors involved
in the process, with the eventual support of the
Strongly relying on constant in-situ assessment, the program has
started with little interventions and now is incrementally being
reproposed in different contexts.
Reclaiming the public
in left-over open spaces
Mapping spatial potentials
The mapping focuses on vacant lots or forgotten
spaces at the very small scale, often in a state
of decay, dumping sites for trash and building
rubble, and unsafe public space.
Residents are involved directly in the construction
phase working on a voluntary base or according
to time-sharing schemes, engaging the users in
the transformation of the space.
Urban Pockets promotes a new way to work on the public realm,
with citizens taking direct action in transforming and taking care of
the cities where they live.
Following the IAAU research that URBEGO carried on in the Balkans,
Urban Pockets has already started transforming urban residual spaces
with a first intervention in Albania.
Assessing motivation and needs
of the community
Prioritizing site interventions
Prioritization of the interventions is based on
their location within the city, their current uses,
their ownership status and the interest of an
engaged and self-established community.
In the co-design meetings a scale model is used
to engage the local community, allowing them
to select and locate desired elements and new
functions by discussing and negotiating.
A door-to-door survey in the neighbourhood
assessing the needs, perceptions and wishes of
the local community, is also a communication
tool informing people of the ongoing process.
A simplified scale model was used in Tirana during the co-design
sessions helping the residents to visualize their ideas about the future
of their space.
Involving the potential users
The results are presented and discussed during insitu meetings with the local community. Simple
visualizations help the residents to understand
the possibilities offered by the site.
One of the several activities organized by Urbego in its pilot project
in Albania together with the local partner Co-Plan, in order to engage
Three sources of funding support the
1. Local funds, provided by local business and
2. International funds collected by Urbego
3. Community self-help and volunteer work.
the local residents in the program.