Lab Notes: Online Futures Workshop for Sustainable Urban Development
On November 20, Fremtenkt organised the first "experiment" within the Laboratory for sustainable and democratic futures: an online Futures Workshop dealing with the development of the centre of Åsane, a suburb of Bergen on the West coast of Norway.
By Sveinung Sundfør Sivertsen and Ragnhild Nabben, Fremtenkt
The workshop—inspired by the method originally developed by Robert Jungk and Norbert Müllert—brought together about 20 participants, including engaged inhabitants, representatives from the municipal planning office, and the police.
Over the course of three hours, participants first discussed and voted on their favourite aspects of Åsane as it is today, then the worst aspects of the urban centre of the suburb, and finally set about brainstorming and sketching out their "preferred futures" for Åsane in the form of visions for the urban centre they would like it to be—if they could decide.
From physical to online Futures Workshops
|Highlights from the "ros" or praise phase of the workshop: What is the BEST thing about Åsane today? Notes include: self-contained, large offering of sporting activities, large areas with potential, beautiful topography and nature.|
Online workshops for more creative citizenship
|Examples from the utopian phase: What does Åsane centre look like in the future? Ideas include an airport for electric planes, no cars, open spaces, children playing outside, sharing economy, walking distances.|