The challenge of experimenting with urban planning…

A wind of renewal of public action is blowing on administrations at all levels of governance in Europe and beyond. Among the ingredients of this new wind is generally the user approach, immersion work, co-creation with the stakeholders and of course experimentation: prototyping or, more precisely, mock-up of a new public policy to explore its potential, confront it with current usages, try it before adopting it and, if necessary, deploy it. These different stages inspired by design thinking if they seem a supposed approach nevertheless pose a number of problems in their implementation. In particular, experimentation implies being able to simulate a public policy in order to try it out. And if experimentation is natural in the process of developing a new product, it seems to be a challenge when it comes to mock-up a new public service or a new urban development.

This sixth and last edition of the REFILL thematic review focuses on the Temporary Use as an experimental tool for urban redevelopment, on its strategic use on the urban scale, on the “urban laboratories” which allow experimenting and reinventing the city.