The U_CODE project led by Technischen Universität Dresden provides a platform and an interactive toolbox to allow citizens’ engagement with architects and planners when designing urban spaces. Everyone has the possibility to become a designer of city spaces and to share their creative ideas. It is now embarking on a Co-Design Roadshow to a number of German cities that will continue throughout 2022, addressing planning authorities and schools with their Co-Design Flashmobs. The project was recently awarded the Ralf Dahrendorf Award for the European Research Area by the German Ministry of Research for its innovative digital Co-Design system.
The project is also building a start-up to deal with the numerous requests from all over Germany and Europe, but also from afar from countries such as Kenya. The project made a pilot in India, which at the time was highly successful.
Seven beneficiaries from Germany, France, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom took part in the project that stretched over 42 months between 2016 and 2019. It received funding of 3.6 million euro under framework programme H2020.