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Open Participatory Design and Digital Tools for Inclusive & Resilient Development


15th or 16th June 2020 (exact date will be confirmed soon)


 As part of the:

16th Biennial Participatory Design Conference (PDC)

And in conjunction with the:

19th Festival International de la Imagen

Manizales, Colombia, from 15th - 19th June 2020

Deadline for expressions of interest: 31st of March 2020




This workshop explores how open participatory design processes and digital tools can be effectively used for making local and urban development more inclusive and resilient.

During a one-day event, participants will be invited to reflect on the impacts of global socio-ecological dynamics in local contexts. Specially, on how open participatory design processes, as Urban Living Labs, can encourage and support bottom-up participation and community agency, contributing to envisioning, designing and implementing more sustainable and resilient urban development processes. Further, the participants will be invited to discuss the role that digital tools can play when applied to inclusive development and capacity building in community-based contexts.

The workshop’s dynamic is based on co-creation methods, which will encourage participants to collaboratively write their ideas as structured abstracts, with the aim of turning them into publishable material for an international publication on Resilient Development and Digital Transformations.



Global trends, especially those related with climate change and fast processes of urbanisation, bring new challenges related to: i) urban and local development planning, and ii) effective community participation in decision-making processes.

These trends are changing the quality of life at local scales, increasing socio-ecological vulnerabilities at meso-scales, and producing further socioeconomic inequalities at macro-scales. Due to the complexity and changing circumstances of these trends, communities and planning stakeholders require inclusive and integral strategies fostering resilience as a pre-condition for sustainable development.

Therefore, it is crucial to investigate how real-time experiences and local knowledge can be used and integrated effectively alongside expert knowledge in planning and decision-making processes in order to adapt to changing circumstances.


Goal and questions

The main goal of the workshop is to bring together scholars, public officials, practitioners and interested citizens to envision transformational digital and open participatory strategies that can contribute to comprehensive resilient local development, whilst integrating multiple voices.

Specifically, the workshop explores the potentials and opportunities that open participatory design methodologies, as Urban Living Labs, bring to foster effective community participation, leverage and enhance collective intelligence and promote social cohesion.

Furthermore, this workshop aims to explore how new digital tools can be used for bringing professional expertise and local knowledge together, and how to apply it in planning and decision-making processes, which follow the goal of comprehensive resilience. These interrelations are being examined with the following questions:


•     How can technical innovations meet urban challenges effectively and adaptively, and how can they enhance urban and regional resilience?

•     How can technical innovations produce and integrate expert and local knowledge in a participatory manner?

•     How planning processes can be designed to use real-time experiences and local knowledge as an innovative planning tool?


A complementary goal is to consolidate the reflections and co-productions of our one-day workshop into structured abstracts. We aim to publish the output of the workshop as papers in a special issue about Resilient Development and Digital Transformations.



This workshop invites a transdisciplinary audience engaged and interested in reflecting about open participatory processes, in the use of digital tools supporting and encouraging bottom-up participation and in the design and use of urban Living labs, from a Socio-Ecologic Systems and Resilience Perspectives.

Therefore, this workshop is designed to bring together scholars and non-academic practitioners as city and planning public officials, NGO’s, private professionals and interested citizens to co-create together. We expect participants from diverse and complementary disciplinary backgrounds as social sciences, environmental humanities, geography, urban and regional planning, architecture, design, media and communications studies, informatics and any other related field.


Recruitment procedure

If you are interested in participating, please send  an intention letter including: a short description of your relevant professional and/or research practice in max 200 words, and, a motivation statement related to the workshop´s objectives outlining your interests, questions, aims and/or insights in max 500 words. These documents can be submitted in English or Spanish, to Santiago Sanchez Guzman (santiago.guzman(at) and to Leonardo Parra Agudelo (leonardo.parra(at)

Expressions of interest for participating in the workshop are open until March 31st 2020.

Notifications of acceptance will be sent by April 15th 2020.

Applications will be reviewed by the workshop organisers for relevance.

The early bird conference and/or workshops registration opening is set for mid-April 2020.


Workshop’s Languages

The official languages of the workshop are English and Spanish, thus, we invite and encourage Spanish speaking participants to apply and write their contributions for the workshop in Spanish.

All introductory presentations in the workshop will be in English, but further clarifications and explanations can be provided in Spanish if needed.


Idiomas del Workshop

Los idiomas oficiales del workshop son inglés y español, por lo que invitamos especialmente a los participantes de habla española a enviar sus cartas de interés, así como a escribir su contribución durante el workshop en español.

Todas las presentaciones durante la introducción del Workshop serán realizadas en inglés, pero se podrán realizar aclaraciones y/o explicaciones en español de ser necesarias.


Workshop schedule

The workshop is structured to encourage participants to reflect and co-create together along five interdependent sessions that will take place during one full day.

9:00 to 10:15

Working Session One


General introduction of the workshop’s agenda, objectives, topic, and expected outcomes.

Participants share their background, motivation and their research interests.

10:15 to 10:30

Coffee break

10:30 to 12:30

Working Session Two


Introductory presentations by organisers about i) resilient development, ii) participatory design techniques supported by digital media, from a global-local perspective, and iii) open learning processes for cohesion and solidarity.


12:30 to 14:00

Lunch break

14:00 to 14:30

Working Session Three


Teamwork in small groups

14:30 to 17:30

Working Session Four


Teamwork in small groups

17:30 to 18:30

Working Session Five


Presentation and discussion on team reflections and preliminary ideas for abstracts. Brief round of conclusions.

19:00 to 20:30

Dinner (Optional)




Vienna University of Technology (TU Wien)

Department of Spatial Planning

Centre of Urban and Regional Studies (SRF)

•    Rudolf Giffinger, Univ. Prof. Mag. Dr. 

•    Antonija Bogadi, Dr. MSc. Arch.

•    Santiago Sanchez Guzman, MSc. Arch.

Universidad de los Andes (Bogotá, Colombia)

Faculty of Architecture and Design

•     Leonardo Parra-Agudelo, Dr. MFA. IDB.




Manizales, Detailed information will be informed in April 2020


15 or 16 June 2020. Detailed information will be informed in April 2020


9:00 - 18:30

Expressions of interests by

March 31st 2020

Notifications of acceptance

April 15th 2020


Will be defined by the PDC Conference during February 2020

Enquiries and submissions

santiago.guzman(at) and leonardo.parra(at)

Workshop and conference registration



Relevant Literature


[1]          Bergvall-Kåreborn, B. and Ståhlbröst, A. (2009b) Living Lab: An Open and Citizen-Centric Approach for Innovation. International Journal of Innovation and Regional Development. 1. 356-370. 10.1504/IJIRD.2009.022727.

[2]          Davoudi, S., Keith Shaw , L. Jamila Haider , Allyson E. Quinlan, Garry D. Peterson , Cathy Wilkinson , Hartmut Fünfgeld , Darryn McEvoy , Libby Porter & Simin Davoudi (2012) Resilience: A Bridging Concept or a Dead End? “Reframing” Resilience: Challenges for Planning Theory and Practice Interacting Traps: Resilience Assessment of a Pasture Management System in Northern Afghanistan Urban Resilience: What Does it Mean in Planning Practice? Resilience as a Useful Concept for Climate Change Adaptation? The Politics of Resilience for Planning: A Cautionary Note, Planning Theory & Practice, 13:2, 299-333, DOI: 10.1080/14649357.2012.677124

[3]          Giffinger, R. (2019) Smart City: the importance of innovation and planning. In Helfert, M., Klein, C., Donellan, B. and Gusikhin, O. (2019) Smartgreens, Vehicle Technology and Intelligent Transport Systems. 13 pages, Springer: Switzerland. (publishing in progress).

[4]          Kolehmainen, J., Irvine, J., Stewart, L., Karacsonyi, Z., Szabó, T., Alarinta, J. and Norberg, N. (2016) Quadruple Helix, Innovation and the Knowledge-Based Development: Lessons from Rural and Less-Favoured Regions. Journal of Knowledge Economy (2016) 7:23–42; DOI 10.1007/s13132-015-0289-9.

[5]          Komninos, N., Kakderi, C., Panori, A: & Tsarchopoulos, P. (2018): Smart City Planning from an Evolutionary Perspective, Journal of Urban Technology, DOI: 10.1080/10630732.2018.1485368.

[6]          Lévy, P. (1997) Collective Intelligence – Mankind’s emerging world in Cyberspace. Cambridge, Mass.: Perseus Books.

[7]          Schaffers, H., Komninos, N., Pallot, M., Aguas, M., Almirall, E., Bakici, T., Barroca, J., Carter, D., Corriou, M., Fernandez, J., Hielkema, H., Kivilehto, A., Nilsson, M., Oliveira, A., Posio, E., Sällström, A., Santoro, R., Senach, B., Torres, I., Tsarchopoulos, P., Trousse, B., Turkama, P. and Lopez Ventura, J. (2012): Smart Cities as Innovation Ecosystems sustained by Future Internet. Technical Report (2012) (30th of June, 2018).

[8]          Meerow, Sara. et al. (2016) Defining urban resilience: A review. Landscape and Urban Planning. Volume 147, March 2016, Pages 38–49.