How can design facilitate collaboration between city stakeholders to invent more inclusive, sustainable and democratic ways of living?
The Maison POC Collaborative City is a collection of fun, immersive experiences that project visitors into the lifestyles of tomorrow. Through ‘design shows’, it explores a hundred projects, local and worldwide, to identify emerging visions of sharing, cooperation and mutual assistance. Modern ways of living are more person-centred, solutions increasingly personalised, algorithms more targeted, mentalities more individualistic and today socialising is done at a distance…
While the world is still reeling from the shock of the pandemic and drawing what lessons it can learn to return to ‘normal’, the purpose of design in the Collaborative City is to restore collective responsibility, protect common goods, rebuild the sense of community and promote mutual aid. The space is as much a showcase as a lively forum for ideas and debate. The visitor is called on to lead an investigation in search of evidence of the collaborative future.
Interacting with a hundred other POCs in the region, the Collaborative City POC will welcome DESIS labs from design schools and universities from around the world and showcase practical learning of design and social design practices from European cities in the URBACT networks. It will explore how the public health crisis is reshaping our world and how design is taking an active part.
This installation started out online in May 2020 and will be extended with workshops, meetings, sessions and events from September 2020.