Across Europe, many suburban areas strive to boost their vitality through intensification of uses and densification of their vast existing urban fabric. Urban participatory practitioners working from external positions to urban administrations can play a vital role by introducing new co-creative formats for collaboration between public and private actors. Drawing on theories of capacity building and participatory planning this article explores two case-studies from France and Denmark. Through two models of action led by two different urban participatory practitioners we investigate capacity building as long-term and multilevel processes that are structured through different phases and processual goals: (1) To Mobilize: How to create a group of action. (2) To Involve: How to work together in the same direction (3) To Flow: How to anchor the process. The juxtapositioned cases then establish a nuanced perspective on interdisciplinary approaches of urban practitioners and their implications for capacity building in a suburban context.
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This work was supported by Joint Programming Initiative Urban Europe [grant number 857160]. This work was supported by the European Union?s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (JPI Urban Europe) under grant agreement No 857160. For more information, see: https://www.capa-city-ensuf.eu
Keeping the fire burning throughout the different phases and moving the process forward with homeowners was key to actualizing building projects and was supported by high-frequency communication. The BIMBY process from take-off to landing set out a detailed organizational framework for three main stages in the building process with three different responsible BIMBY officers: (1) Decision to act. Gardening and building (2) Coaching: Architectural and technical project is set (3) Closing: Contract is set with building professionals. Homeowners of more than 200 designed projects have been coached by BIMBY officers and more than 30 projects have been realized by local professionals.
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