Landscapes of Hope: weaving shared values through resilience narratives and serious geogames

Bruno de Andrade, Delft University of Technology, Netherlands

Antonio Carlos Queiroz Filho, Federal University of Espírito Santo, Brazil

This article deals with questions and practices involving the debate on the role of shared urban values as a measure of an interactive and healthy urban life to design the post-pandemic city based on the ethics of collaboration and trust. It was in this sense that, over a series of teaching and research activities at the School of Architecture, Planning and Environmental Policy, University College Dublin, Ireland, we proposed the application of narrative of resilience and serious geogames in the debate of care in public engagement. This was done in order to assess their potential in designing possible common futures through ludic elements as an approach to emancipatory learning and action. The results of these experimental activities and the participants’ feedback point to the formulation of an “open” methodology, which unfolds, based on epistemologies and local actors, for the weaving of collaborative and resilient urban landscapes in the face of the problem 1) the unsustainability of urban development opposed to community values; 2) the digital revolution and the rise of individualism and detachment, and 3) urban diversity in decay due to the increase in privatization, suppression or restriction of accessing public spaces and everyday life. Next steps of the research will focus on the creation of an original game in mixed reality for the co-creation of the post-pandemic city based on care between the inhabitants and the territory at a new level of depth of engagement through hope.

A scratch, like a line we draw on a blank sheet, suggests a horizon of possibilities open to the common, possible and desired future. Scratch that is a scrape, also an action of taking risks, something of the order of uncertain and dream, of exposing and allowing oneself. It is, therefore, at the intersection of risks that we face the encounter with another hand that hesitantly offer us new paths. With each decision, a trajectory opens up, leaving be-hind the marks of what was and still remains, like folding marks made on the scale of delicacy and hand gesture. This is what collaboration and the common are all about as ethics of contemporary doing: we utopically scribble the future and bend with each other in actions to, finally, and hopefully, accomplish it.

We started from a contemporary scenario that has, more and more, configured serious questions about social and environ-mental problems. Our concern firstly dealt with how to think about adaptive capacity and the effective participation of communities in the face of changes in the territory (Magnaghi, 2018), such as environ-mental and climatic, and even pandemics. Linked to this, we also look at aspects of emancipation and hope as artifice for co-producing an alternative future. It was in this sense that we focused our actions on the development of activities that considered:

  • Learning about the city from a ludic perspective;
  • The city as a place of effective conviviality with the difference and the different;
  • The development of the sense of community and the collaborative design based on the construction of other affection policies, especially the relationships of trust and cooperation.

We then chorus the considerations made by Annabel Lee Teles in “Affective Poli-tics: notes for thinking about community life”, clearly outlined by Diego Chamy in his prologue “So the question is how to generate political territories as favorable environments for the creation of affective relationship plans that promote political thinking linked to friendship and love, in joy and generosity (Chamy, in: Teles, 2011, pp. 18).


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