Co-Creation Practices & Technologies for Open Urban Planning

A workshop at the 11th International Conference on Communities & Technologies

C&T 2023 - 30.05.2023 - 10:00-17:00 (EEST UTC+3.0)
Hybrid: @LUT University, Mukkulankatu 19, 15210 Lahti, Finland & @zoom

The objective of this workshop is to unite researchers and practitioners in the field of C&T, which includes urban planners, co-creation facilitators, and representatives from municipalities who have an interest in co-creation practices, techniques, tools, and technologies for open urban planning. The aim is to encourage participants to exchange their experiences in this area.


The workshop is structured as a full-day event. It will consist of diverse activities, with an emphasis on in-depth conversations and community building.

  • 10:00 - Welcome & meet-and-greet
  • 10:30 - Paper presentation
    What is the real value of co-creation in urban development? Two research challenges
    Geertje Slingerland, Delft University of Technology, Netherlands
  • 11:00 - Paper presentation
    #residentialstreetlife – a co-creation tool aiming at transforming streets into consumption-free democratic spaces for people
    Brigitte Vettori, space and place, Vienna, Austria
  • 11:30 - Paper presentation
    Idealizations of Placemaking. The configuration of Digital Participation through ICT
    Simone Tappert & Aline Suter, University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland
  • 12:00 - Paper presentation
    Digitalization of co-creation approaches. Using digital tools to examine realities getting increasingly digital?
    Gerfried Mikusch, TU Wien, Austria
  • Lunch
  • 13:30 - Paper presentation
    Engaging Stakeholders with Urban Planning through Real-Time Augmented Reality
    Irina Paraschivoiu & Robert Steiner, Human-Computer Interaction Division Salzburg, Austria
  • 14:00 - Case presentation
    Some Experiences of Co-Design Activities in SmartHubs
    Kelt E. Garritsen, University of Twente, Netherlands
    & Gerfried Mikusch, TU Wien, Austria
  • 14:30 - Paper presentation
    Challenges of co-creation processes in urban planning: What do we need?
    Hilda Tellioglu, TU Wien, Austria
  • 15:00 - Discussions, identification of common interests, and planning of further activities
  • 17:00 - Closing

Call for Participation

The main emphasis of this workshop is to address significant concerns associated with engagement, participation, and consensus-building in technology-assisted co-creation processes, using concepts and approaches from CSCW (Computer Supported Cooperative Work) and PD (Participatory Design). The discussion will be centered on spatial and urban planning practices, and will involve connecting the previously mentioned actors to deliberate various participation and co-creation processes across disciplines. Participants will be introduced to cutting-edge co-creation techniques and will evaluate Design Thinking approaches that are linked to supporting technologies, through group discussions. The workshop will also draw upon theories and concepts from CSCW and PD research to inform the presented practices.

Three additional aims supplement this primary goal. By bringing the workshop participants together, we hope that cross-fertilization will ensue among their cases, concepts, and questions. Second, we will collaboratively reflect on what CSCW and PD contribute to the study of co-creation practices in urban planning by applying Design Thinking methodologies and how we, as individuals and a community, can facilitate the transfer of these contributions to practitioners. Third, we will discuss the interest in further collaboration and networking initiatives regarding the application of Design Thinking methods and approaches in urban planning, for example, the interest in a follow-up workshop at the next C&T conference.

This one-day on-site or (if needed) hybrid workshop aims to bring together researchers and professionals to share the state of the art and experiences to support participation in shared urban planning processes. We invite you to submit a 4-6-page position paper on the topic and a statement explaining how your work relates to co-creation practices, methods, tools, and technologies, in urban planning. This includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Theoretically oriented pieces that propose or refine concepts for mutual understanding of active co-creation processes and the ways of facilitating actors' involvement in urban planning
  • Approaches of consensus-making and sustainable integration of different views of actors in decision-making and solutions
  • Case analysis of empirical projects at different stages of completion - from preparations, through pilots, to the continued application of practices
  • Studies of the many stakeholder groups that are connected and reconnected by shared urban planning processes, including how these groups participate in real projects
  • Discussions that raise questions about the impact and ways of improvement of co-creation approaches in urban planning processes
  • Methodological reflections on how to conduct studies, manage research data, and behave ethically among citizens, service providers, planners, and governmental bodies
  • Comparative pieces that investigate similarities and differences across realizations of co-creation processes in urban planning or between groups, sites, or stages in an implementation

For more details about the scope and structure of the workshop please see the workshop proposal.

The workshop can accommodate a maximum of 20 participants. Participants are welcome from the CSCW, CHI, PD, and urban planning communities, as well as from the representatives of municipalities.

Submission Details

The submitted position papers will be reviewed by the organizers and accepted based on the relevance and development of their content. We expressly encourage both junior and senior researchers to submit position papers. To promote broader participation, particularly from planners or municipalities, we also offer the option of submitting alternative material of rough equivalence to a position paper (e.g., an experience report or abridged implementation plan).


The workshop is organized by several senior researchers who have investigated urban planning activities or co-creation and participation methodologies and technologies for decades and are currently involved in research projects about the realization of several aspects of these areas.

Hilda Tellioğlu is an associate professor and head of Artifact-based Computing & User Research (ACUR) Unit at the TU Wien at the Faculty of Informatics, chair-elect of EUSSET, and scientific director of Center for Technology and Society of the TU Wien. She has experience with several innovative national and international research projects, like in SmartHubs, StreetForum, and aspern.mobil LAB. Her methodology and design expertise has also been documented in several scientific papers. Her research focus covers the design and development of artifacts and their involvement in different settings, like homes, work, or public spaces, design thinking, co-design, user-centered design, and evaluation.

Gerfried Mikusch is a research assistant at ACUR and aspern.mobil LAB, SmartHubs, and StreetForum. He is a computer scientist specializing in designing and developing technologies for vulnerable target groups. He is very experienced in user-centered design processes and design thinking methodologies.

Christoph Kirchberger is coordinator of the aspern.mobil LAB in the urban development area Seestadt Aspern in Vienna. His focus lies in urban mobility labs' organizational setup and participatory methods. Over the last three years coordinating the multidisciplinary aspern.mobil LAB team, he also gained international insights on trends, solutions, and relevant stakeholders in the field of urban mobility (with a focus on shared mobility) and involved innovation processes.

Imre Keserü is an assistant professor and deputy director at Mobilise at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel since 2013. He has a Ph.D. in transport geography. His main research themes include evaluating urban mobility projects and participatory transport planning. He has 15 years of experience in managing international research projects. He is the principal investigator and coordinator of StreetForum and a partner in SmartHubs.

Karst T. Geurs is a full Professor of Transport Planning at the Centre for Transport Studies at the University of Twente. His research focuses on interactions between land use, mobility, ICT-driven mobility innovations, accessibility modeling, and dynamics in travel behavior. He is the chair of the Network on European Communications and Transport Activities Research (NECTAR) and Editor-in-Chief of the European Transport Research Review. He is the principal investigator and coordinator of SmartHubs.

Benjamin Büttner is the academic council for the Chair of Urban Structure and Transport Planning and leads the Research Group Accessibility Planning at the Technical University of Munich, a partner in SmartHubs. He has a Diploma in Geography and holds a Ph.D. in Engineering. His key research fields primarily cover integrated urban and transport planning, active mobility, governance, and policy-making. He is an active member of regional governance platforms (e.g., Inzell Initiative (Model City 2030) and the Munich Metropolitan Region (EMM)). Internationally he leads the Doctoral Training Network of the European Institute of Technology in Urban Mobility and is a Co-Chair of the NECTAR Accessibility Cluster.

Brigitte Vettori is a researcher, social and cultural anthropology doctor, initiator, and head of “space and place”, a Viennese cultural and research organization founded in 2011, a partner in StreetForum. For many years she was involved in development cooperation and disaster relief while at the same time conducting research as an organizational anthropologist in the field of NGO intervention and interaction. In urban work and research, the anthropologist continues with this connection of theory and practice.