Users become designers.
Astika Koina (urban commons) plan integrated community research, design and art projects for neighborhood from the neighbors.. The goal is a common ground where people meet, interact and co-create. This is also our scope: a common place, a common neighborhood experience. Creating a sustainable neighborhood team who produce together: stories, memories, urban interventions, workshops, tours, collective actions.
How I learn to actively participate?
We offer targeted workshops and training programmers for communities, organizations, design professionals, artists, youths and other interested individuals. These range from introducing participants to our design methods and tools through hands-on exercises, to guiding and mentoring them in implementing their own community-driven projects.
By developing participatory processes, we research, test and develop more effective ways of designing with people from people while continuing to refine existing methods and tools.
Conducting fieldwork in different cities across the globe allows us to learn from best practices internationally, while local experiments allow us to adapt and integrate these lessons into our local environment and culture. Our findings are documented and shared through reports, publications, handbooks and toolkits.