14 mars 2015 / News, publication, R-Urban

R-URBAN or how to co-produce a resilient city – publication in ephemera

Constantin Petcou and Doina Petrescu have published an article in the international journal ephemera : theory & politics in organisation. The article addresses the resilient co-production within the city with a specific focus on R-Urban, a bottom-up project initiated in a suburban town near Paris by atelier d’architecture autogérée (aaa). This note advocates new roles for architects and planners in this process of co-production. It addresses questions raised in trying to implement the R-Urban strategy in Colombes, a suburban town with 84,000 residents near Paris. This strategy explores current possibilities for co-producing urban resilience by introducing a network of resident-run facilities that form local ecological cycles and engage in everyday eco-civic practices. The note demonstrates that progressive practices addressing the need to reactivate and sustain cultures of collaboration, and which proposing new tools adapted to our times of crisis and austerity, are conceivable in local action and on a small scale.

Here the article.  Also PDF Version.