Future Workshop

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A Future Workshop is a participative, action oriented approach to determining culture aspects, legal aspects and ethics aspects in planning matters.[1]. The aim is to generate future visions in urban development and how these can be realised.

Support for planning of secure public spaces

  • Involving citizens into the planning process;
  • Developing visions and scenarios for physical and social settings in secure urban environments;
  • Elaborating new, creative solutions for security problems or issues;
  • Developing of new projects and security management approaches.

Process description

Participants get the chance to have a say in decision making processes, and are motivated to create unconventional solutions to issues of their concern. Creativity techniques are required to activate participants.

The main phases of a future workshop are systematically and successively on one another structured:

  1. Criticism phase: The current situation is analysed to identify the problems and core issues;
  2. Fantasy phase: Ideas are developed and suggestions are worked out. Potential hampering situations are not considered in the fantasy phase;
  3. Realisation phase: Suggestions are structured and counter-proofed upon theire realistic feasibility. The aim is to achieve agreement on the next step.

Links and further information

Footnotes and references

  1. Vidal R.V.V.: The Future Workshop Chapter 6. Creative and Participative Problem Solving – the art and the science. Informatics and Mathematical Modelling.Technical University of Denmark, 2006. Retrieved from http://www2.imm.dtu.dk/~rvvv/CPPS/6Chapter6Thefutureworkshop.pdf [last access: 2012-05-10].