Within the Utopian phase we uphold the specific rules developed for future workshops. The rules provide the best opportunity to create as equal a setting as possible by setting up frames for communication. All statements from the participants are written on wallpaper so they are visible throughout the phase. The wallpaper from the dystopian phase will be visible in the room.
Group work (short)
Under the ‘voting’-process in Germany we had to change the procedure since so many were chosen by one or two people. So after the original voting, the voted upon ideas were grouped under different headlines by the moderators. They created headers which represent an overarching approach of a set of ideas voted upon. Then the moderators presented this organization to the participants and invited them to give feedback on the sets of ideas organized. The participants moved some of the voted-upon ideas around as they commented that the headlines might not exactly fit to the set of ideas organized. Nevertheless, they felt the organization or grouping of the sets of ideas worked well and they were able to add their names to sets of ideas that they could see themselves working with. Three groups were finally chosen, each with three participants
The rules of the utopian phase
Reality is out of function
We are situated in a perfect world, where everything is possible
Only short statements are allowed
No discussion of statements
All statements are relevant
We chose to have two difference headline questions for the workshops. In Denmark we had the headline ‘The city I am dreaming of in 2030?’ and in Germany we focused a bit more on mobility asking ‘My mobile life in Munich – What am I dreaming of?’.
Critique themes chosen by the participant
Affordable housing – making good homes (DK)
Circular economy + agricultural resilience (DK)
More participation (D)
Flexible urban life (D)
The Cube City Manifesto for a randomized city (D)
Presentation of group work
The three groups were asked to spend two hours working on the set of ideas organized into the group or overarching theme. The group was responsible to develop its own overarching header for the group – and were open to use any method to express the utopia they chose to work with.