Transform – A Toolbox for Urban Governance in Action

How to make urban transformation truly engaging, just and sustainability-oriented? Oikoplus and its partners have been working on answers to this question for the last 2 years in the SYNCITY project. The toolbox which has been developed offers innovative concepts and practical ideas, based on lessons learnt from the city quarter of Cureghem in Brussles. It is especially valuable for disadvantaged neigbhbourhoods. The vision: cities in balance with natural resources, where residents, no matter their socio-economic or cultural background, can live, work and learn in synergy with the place, growing and renewing it together.

The toolbox consists of three parts

cooperate – a handbook to co-create the urban commons
Citizens as agents of change in their neigh­ bourhoods: this handbook offers a step­ by­step guide for urban projects and lots of ideas to develop the urban commons to­ gether, especially in disadvantaged urban areas. From co­creation towards shared governance: Explore the landscape of fu­ ture­oriented urban transformation with helpful concepts, inspiring tools and plenty of examples and lessons from real life.

engage – 11 methods
Practical support for everyone who wants to make urban change more just and green: — 11 methods to engage: hands-on, public space oriented, with short instruction man- uals on cards. How does each method work, what is the result, what budget, compe- tences and material do you need?

apply – 10 tools
Do the sustainability self-check, build and further develop the Kju:Ti source code to facilitate easy going participation, use the commoning matrix to find out who can develop commons in a neighbourhood, and much more.