Group of participants discussing online EcoDa platforms

New online platform to support resilience practices

A new online platform has been launched to support sharing and networking between community resilience practices. The platform will offer a unique set of resources for knowledge exchange, resource sharing, connectivity and mutual support.

In a two-year study, researchers have investigated ways of scaling community resilience practices and opportunities to do so using digital technologies. The EcoDA (Experimental Co-Design Approaches) project focused on practices involving local communities which are aimed at enhancing their economic, social, civic or ecological resilience. Architectural practices from Paris, London and Bucharest, who have had a key role in supporting local initiatives, have contributed to the project alongside some of the local groups that they have collaborated with.

The digital tools will enable local initiatives to become sustainable in the long term and allow them to generate new locally-relevant versions elsewhere. At the same time the tools will connect initiatives across locations, allowing knowledge-sharing and the building of collective practices to generate larger scale urban transformations.

Digital prototypes were developed in each of the three cities involved in the study:

  • The prototype for Paris offers tools for the self-management of community resilience hubs
  • The prototype for London provides support for communities to resource urban commons initiatives
  • The prototype for Bucharest fosters knowledge-sharing across networks of local libraries

An additional prototype for London, also aimed at knowledge-sharing, was developed with architecture students as part of a Live Project. The digital prototypes have been brought together into one platform which was launched this month.

Dr Corelia Baibarac explains “Working on this project has allowed us to understand the diversity of challenges faced by practitioners and local communities engaged in resilience projects in different cities yet that share similar needs. The research has confirmed the importance not only of involving potential users in the design of tools that are intended to serve their needs, but also of enabling them to articulate these needs and creating the means for future development of tools; this is co-design in the broader sense.”

EcoDa is a two-year Marie Skłodowska-Curie funded research project, led by Dr Corelia Baibarac and Professor Doina Petrescu with technical support from Phil Langley. The aim of the project was to create an open-source platform for enhancing urban resilience. Specifically, the project involved the prototyping of digital tools and processes for shared knowledge production that can enable civic practices of resilience to emerge and multiply. Collaborative practices are Atelier d'Architecture Autogérée (Paris), Public Works (London) and studioBASAR (Bucharest).

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