Involvement of Residents
The implementation of a place for growing food in the favela is not easy. The residents are used to obtaining their food elsewhere, existing shops are not always happy with people starting to grow their own food, and safety of the once created placed stays an issue. Anyone who thinks this kind of projects can be realised in a top-down way must be confused. The only way top organise support for changes in the direct urban environment requires a participative design process. Not in the last place because most of the spaces where food might be grown is on top of roofs in privately owned houses. Therefore the way to involve residents is important. Not only in case of food planning, but in every change in people’s direct environment it is important to gain support of the people and allow them to co-design. In this chapter two examples of public involvement are presented, the design charrette and the Imaginarium Workshop, and the way residents were involved in the first FoodRoof will be described.
KeywordsFood Planning Urban Resilience Participative Design Process Complex Design Problem Design Proposition
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