The knowledge of "navigating the system" to activate place projects on existing underused urban space is often tacit or in "silos": There is a lot of local knowledge on spatial agency, but it usually is somewhat fragmented and knowledge assets are contained within different groups. Processes need to be legible and practical for all actors involved.
Even though communities are active, their success in activating place projects with their local authority varies. There is a lack of shared information of process success and roadblocks, which previous communities have encountered. Therefore for new project ideas, each community is coming to the process without the benefit of knowledge of previous endeavours and without the benefit of a clear appropriate process they should follow.
ComPass provides a guide for communities on the process of activation of place projects on vacant or underused places in the city, which is intended for use by communities who have place projects they wish to activate.
To bring together knowledge on spatial agency -held separately within the local authority, practitioners and communities of interest-, a "navigation guide" is created that consolidates the different kinds of knowledge from local authorities, practitioners and communities of interest. The Guide reveals The HOW to navigate the process of activating place projects by drawing local knowledge from a diverse range of communities of interest, the local authority, and practitioners and gives an overview of the steps, sometimes iterative, that communities have taken. It is "mapping" the "course of navigation".
FACILITATORY (PUBLIC) BODIES:
green spaces department; community development department; planning and development department; urban regeneration department
LOCAL TASK FORCE:
community group; investor; professional experts; local or regional authority
underused urban site & building; brownfield development site; dense inner city
MAIN NECESSARY RESOURCES ARE:
expert knowledge; local knowledge; monetary investment; community trust; public institutional set-up; personnel time
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