C3PLACES - Using ICT for Co-Creation of inclusive public Places

Key Activities

The scientific programme considers mutually three related areas

public spaces
their production and design, the way people use them, their value for society
the opportunities, threats, novelties, potential for interacting with people and space
what is changing, which trends are emerging, what is the role of ICT in increasing quality of life

The work programme is structured into seven work packages (WP), each led by one of the partners, but involving the complementary expertise of other members of the consortium. As a co-creative strategy, all partners are involved in all work packages ensuring in this way an interdisciplinary approach and shared results.

To achieve C3PLACES’ objectives different research perspectives will be used and integrated in different work packages by means of a variety of mechanisms. These involve:

Review of literature and research projects; and analysis of local socio-cultural contexts;
Adaption and further development of ICT tools for research and interactions with users and stakeholders;
Case studies on interactions between people - places and technology, reviewing policy instruments, and assessing implementation processes;
Interactive engagement of stakeholders and users, culminated in local workshops;
Open space quality assessment.

C3PLACES is a multidisciplinary research initiative that includes basic and strategic research, innovation, and application, involving partners from different European countries and cultures. Hence, a strong inter- and transdisciplinary conceptual and methodological framework supported by all partners will form the spinal cord of the project.

Work Packages

This framework will be developed in WP1 based on a systematic inventory of existing research methodologies, models, datasets, etc. and further developing those to fully encompass the relationship between people - place - technology. In addition, the methodology for developing the framework will include workshops and internet based collaboration between all partners thus forming a virtual research group.

WP2 will coordinate the deployment of the framework into local case studies, addressing existing initiatives and stakeholders and soliciting existing and new ICT based applications, from local and global companies. The collected data and information about the selected public open spaces in Belgium, Italy, Lithuania and Portugal enables C3PLACES to analyse and compare different user group’s expectations, behaviours and attitudes. This will form valuable input for WP5 to assess the uptake of the newly developed tools and platforms of WP3 and WP4 and allow their fine-tuning.

As technology is a central issue, the impact of C3PLACES will be maximized by the implementation by WP3 of a co-creation platform, exploring both the users’ needs and the development towards vibrant and accessible urban communities, and by WP4 of tools for monitoring behaviour, social reporting and interactions. Both instruments will provide a virtual space and services for the engaged communities. WP5 provides the synthesis of achievements and results of case studies and the communities’ analysis on norms, values, expectations and attitudes of public space users will allow individuating the success factors of policies and best practices; culminated in recommendations and in the design of policy measures. While WP6, taking relevant part of the C3PLACES activities, will address dissemination and exploitation, planned with the aim of attracting and raising the interests of various groups of stakeholders and disseminating Project results, as well as further developing recommendations for new business models; WP7 is dedicated to management activities to ease and coordinate the project development.

Designing methodological framework
Strategic research
Objectives: This WP aims to create an interdisciplinary conceptual and methodological framework for the research and development to be conducted by C3PLACES. For that purpose, it will enhance existing research methods and models into the new context of people - places and technology, relating these to be applied in the case studies coordinated by WP2.
Case studies in EU cities
Applied research
Objectives: This WP explores new dynamics of user’s behaviour and characteristics of public spaces from social, technological, and urban design perspectives. The WP covers the coordinated implementation of case studies - each one devoted to different user groups and different types of public spaces - enabling C3PLACES to reach a wide range of users and urban spaces typology. The case areas identified will give an overview of state-of-art in the interaction between people - places and technology, and will serve as Living lab for exploiting new approaches.
Development of Co-creation platform
Innovation and implementation
Objectives: This WP, acting as facilitator for all other WPs, aims at delivering a virtual space and a set of services for base research, for the case studies and other communities interested and involved in C3PLACES.
Development of applications for interacting with users
Innovation and implementation
Objectives: This WP aims in light of ICT opportunities at developing digital methodologies and tools (mobile apps) for monitoring behaviour of different target groups, including aspects of social reporting and augmented reality. These tools will be applied in the case studies/WP2).
Designing strategies
Strategic research
Objectives: This WP evaluates the project performance and the case studies, and draw conclusions towards lessons learned. The gained knowledge will be tailored to aid further communities and cities with their implementation efforts to create more inclusive urban places. This WP will also provide recommendations on policy packages and factors influencing their transferability for European cities.
Dissemination and exploitation
Objectives: This WP runs in parallel with the other WP during the entire project lifecycle and focuses on dissemination and exploitation of the project results. Its major objectives include the development of a dissemination strategy and its coordinated application, ensuring the widest possible dissemination of project result among target audiences (ie. stakeholders, society, urban practitioners, policy makers, ICT developers and researchers’ community), and the analysis of further exploitation methods, including the drafting of appropriate exploitation plans and a related business model for the C3PLACES solution.
Coordination and management
Objectives: The aim of WP7 is to provide the internal project management and the overall co-ordination of activities, financial and technical planning and control and act as contact point of the project with the Urban Europe Programme and liaison with other EU projects.