what if you put residents
in the driver's seat?
What if you don’t just ask people what they want but actually take them along in the planning journey and make them an integrated part of the process? We facilitate trajectories to CO-CREATE PRODUCTS that can be used as TOOLS FOR PLANNING AND PLACEMAKING, from feasibility studies to urban strategies and design guidelines. We don’t simply ask people to share their ideas, we get them involved. We speak to stakeholders, find local champions, we experiment, and we take them by the hand. Together we encourage them to reimagine and design better spaces in their city.
We don’t believe there’s a standard approach to inspire people to act. Every place, every client, every challenge and every group of stakeholders is unique. So each time we invite people to share ideas and get involved, we tailor our approach. Always putting people and their needs first. Examples are: COMMUNITY-CURATED BUILDING GUIDELINES in the heritage city of Kalaw, Myanmar and COMMUNITY-LED FEASIBILITY STUDIES for adaptive re-use of historic buildings in Sumatra, Indonesia.
“For the long-term sustainable development of Kalaw town, the basic need is to nurture the peoples’ value and pride. Without realising and appreciating the unique characteristics, it is impossible to conserve them”
“iDiscover encourages visitors to make their own stories and tread their own path connecting them directly with the actual residents of a heritage site, making visiting a place more equitable”
“I’ve learnt more about my neighbourhood and discovered hidden secrets with some retired friends!’
"This map is 100% community curated, for the community and by the community."
social capital unlocked