Transforming streets into accessible urban oases through consensus building

What is the best for our communities?

How can we support change?

How do we negotiate with residents, road users and the authorities to find a consensus to reduce traffic and improve liveability in our neighbourhood?

The StreetForum Toolkit will help to answer these questions by developing a set of analogue and digital tools available free-of-charge to local communities to support their efforts of neighbourhood street transformation, reduce car traffic and improve liveability. The tools will be demonstrated in Istanbul, Brussels, Vienna and Stockholm working with local communities to transform car-dominated streets into streets for people.

Our approach to consensus-building

RESEARCH APPROACH

Applied research, innovation and living labs

The project combines applied research and innovation. The project will advance knowledge on the key stakeholders of street transformation and their needs and develop tools to support consensus making. The tools will be tested and validated by experimenting in urban living labs under real-life conditions. We will evaluate their impact, transferability and scalability and develop recommendations and build capacity, strategies for scaling up and transfer.

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Development

We will develop stakeholder personas and narratives representative of street transformation, a collaborative digital crowdsourcing tool, a consensus making design game, an online ‘street value assessment’ platform, a physical mobile co-design cart, guidelines for using art installations and cultural events as well as governance guidelines.

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Testing

The toolkit will be tested in four living labs (Brussels, Vienna, Stockholm, Istanbul) to evaluate its impact, transferability and scalability and will be available as free-to-use resources for the broader community.

03

Evaluation

Rigorous research on the impact and scalability of the proposed tools and interventions building on the Street Value Model, Multi-actor multi-criteria analysis (MAMCA) and Stakeholder-based Impact Scoring (SIS).

Who are WE?

A European consortium with twenty organisations

The Streetforum Project brings together university research centres, non-profit organisations, public institutions and private organisations from Austria, Belgium, Sweden and Turkey. The project is funded by four national agencies and coordinated by the Mobilise – Mobility and Logistics Research Group, of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB).

Project team

Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), Vienna University of Technology, space and place, Spacescape, Cultureghem, Alain Tisserand architect, Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality and Bogazici University.

Cooperation partners

Several organisations contribute to the project as cooperation partners: nonprofit organisations, research organisations and public bodies.

Funding agencies

FFG (Austria), Innoviris Brussels (Belgium), Vinnova (Sweden) and Tübitak (Turkey).

Porject locations

The living labs

Brussels

This living lab is situated in the neighbourhood of Kuregem/Cureghem in the municipality of Anderlecht, including two locations: Ropsy Chaudron and Bv. de la Révision.

Istanbul

This living lab is located in the Kadiköy district, at the east side of the Bosphorus. This is a very dynamic area of Istanbul, limited by the sea in the south and the highway in the north.

Stockholm

This living lab includes two central locations within the municipality of Stockholm: Söder Mälarstrand and Mäster Samuelsgatan.

Vienna

This living lab includes two locations in different parts of Vienna: Rahlgasse, situated in the central area, and Lambertgasse, at the west of the city.

ANY questions?

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This project has been funded by the Brussels Capital Region – Innoviris (Belgium),  the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG), Sweden’s Innovation Agency Vinnova, and TÜBİTAK (Türkiye).