Future Creating Workshops

As we blogged about last week, we seek to find a way to create new powerful visualizations and stories of the future sustainable mobilities and the city that integrates different disciplines and breaks path dependencies (often used to describe economic and historical processes of stability and change, here path dependence is conceived as a broader concept to help visualize and describe the embeddeness of the system of automobility in today’s culture). We seek to create an open space, where the potentials of a post-disciplinary setting to develop strong common visions, ideas and concepts for desirable urban mobilities futures will be explored.

We have developed Jungk and Müllert’s (1987) future creating workshop further. The ‘normal’ future creating workshop is divided into three phases; a critique, a utopian, and a realization phase. We have chosen to add a ‘building common ground’-phase and a creative retreat as we want to know how far we can get when we blur the boundaries between disciplines, working cultures and expertise. Furthermore we want to experience and document what happens when we touch upon new ground concerning how to think-through and imagine (‘socially construct’) the future of mobilities and the city with a trans-disciplinary group of experts from science, planning and arts. By doing so, we seek to develop a new reflexive approach which can be later further developed and innovatively incorporated into planning, policymaking and business.

The purpose and qualities of the future creating workshop are to create a democratic arena; to invent new future; to empower everyday dreams and works to release peoples resourcefulness; to awake our social imagination; to stretch and open our horizon.

Here are some pictures of the first workshop we held i Denmark. 11 participants (including resource designers, city planners, architects, researchers, artists, writers, community workers, game designers) joined the workshop for 5 days to discuss and create new narratives on how our cities can become sustainable by 2030.

Building common ground
Building common ground
Discussions about what is the future and when does it begin
Discussions about what is the future and when does it begin
Playing 'The Thing from the Future'
Playing ‘The Thing from the Future’
Brainstorm in the critique phase
Brainstorm in the critique phase
Discussing ethics
Discussing ethics
Discussing ethics and moral
Discussing ethics and moral

 

Working and thinking
Working and thinking
Discussing projects
Discussing projects
Working with timelines
Working with timelines
Creative retreat
Creative retreat
Creative retreat
Creative retreat
Creative retreat - creating new narratives
Creative retreat – creating new narratives
Creative retreat - the circular city
Creative retreat – the circular city

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