Co-Design workshop in Dresden

On November 11 2016, a co-design workshop with representatives of the Urban Planning department of Dresden city and local real estate developer / project managers, TUD Knowledge Architecture Lab and TUD Media Center was held at TU Dresden. The purpose of the workshop was to line out potential workflows and interaction processes for participatory urban design.


U_CODE-article in the BIM Magazine
"I code, u_code, we code - massive civic participation in urban planning"

Cover of BIM Magazine November 2016We all have seen this on TV: citizens stand up outraged on the streets, blocking bulldozers from doing their work. Construction work is stopped by citizens who believe they need to protect their city and their interests. But protect against whom? All regulatory procedures have been completed. Planning procedures, public disclosure, a period to hear opposing arguments, a consultation procedure. Who ever wanted to could have a say! But often, there is just silence between urban planners and the public. This is not only potentially disastrous for the contractors involved, but also for the taxpayer who funds the project.

This U_CODE-article in the BIM Magazine gives a general overview of U_CODE and puts it into the context of BIM. The original version is in german and will be published in Nov. 2016. Buy and download (print or pdf) at


Wiki for the project "Urban Collective Design Environment" (U_CODE)

WikiMedia IconThis Wiki was put on for the project U_CODE to create and capture knowledge in as much as possible collaborative ways and to establish common knowledge and idea bases. The Wiki is not supposed to be a public one.


PanEuropean Networks Publications (August 2016, issue 19, page 182)
"The U_CODE Project introduces a new tool for citizen communication and co-creation in urban design"

Cover of PanEuropean Networks Publication Issue 19In the future, professional designers will design cities in close co-operation with the citizenship. Beyond technocratic planning, the shaping of our urban realm will become a democratic process in which civic stakeholders participate as co-creators and co-designers. From the beginning of a project, citizen experts will contribute their experience, opinions and ideas, and keep an active voice throughout the design and development process. Positive public commitment, constructive discussion, and high identification with projects will emerge from this new form of co-creation.