Research project 2021–2023
Gothenburg Research Institute GRI
University of Gothenburg
Citizen Participation in Densification Projects
A model for how residents can influence urban development in the early stages of the planning of large-scale densification projects
The research project will develop a working model for how residents can influence urban development in the early stages when large-scale densification projects are planned. A neighbourhood from the 1960s and 70s is chosen as case study because these areas are potential densification objects. The project is carried out in three work packages. WP1 develops and applies a tool for how residents can describe qualities and problems in their area, suggest places in need of densification and what kind of new housing or public functions these places need, as well as find forms of democratic decision-making when residents prioritize places. The tool is applied in a neighborhood interesting from a densification perspective (Hjällbo). The work is based on previous studies in Hammarkullen with the tool Maptionnaire. WP2 forms and applies a method for resident-driven shaping of design criteria for public space, thus places that residents in WP1 consider to be most important to transform from a local perspective. WP3 finds a strategy to communicate the proposals with decisions owners and conducting dialogue about them. The result of the project will be a concrete proposal for how residents can influence urban development in the early stages, and how collaborations between academia, civil society and municipalities through Civil Society Public Partnerships (CSPP) can develop democratic systems for the influence of residents.