A Roadmap for Participatory Urban Development


We aim to promote evidence-based insights on how to empower cities and urban hubs through citizen engagement and participatory planning.

We see cities as communities of individuals and families with different backgrounds, needs and aspirations. As such, cities need to focus on quality of life and the quality of amenities, places, governance, and neighbourhoods they have to offer. Meeting the desires of communities can only happen when citizens are engaged in the shaping of their cities. This participatory approach to urban development is not an easy task. It requires an entirely new set of attitudes, know-how, systems, tools and interfaces. Most importantly it requires urban experts from all areas of life to work together.

The Participatory Urbanism Forum is the highlight of 4 years of interdisciplinary collaboration between researchers, city planners, architects, and urban activists in 30 countries. The collaboration aims to promote evidence-based insights on how to empower cities and urban hubs through citizen engagement and participatory planning. It brings together public officials, urban activists, businesses and researchers to launch the European Charter on Collaborative Urban Development.

Uniting Urbanites


City Planners & Policy Makers 80%
Researchers & Academics 90%
Business & Entrepreneurs 65%
NGOs & Citizen Activists 70%