This new way of building the habitat is essential today, especially considering the challenges we face in terms of sustainability and quality of life. Below, we present the topics on which the contributions to be presented will be structured: 

Sustainable mobility 

Sustainable mobility is a crucial aspect in the design of inclusive and environmentally friendly urban environments. It seeks to explore participatory approaches that integrate the community in the planning of accessible and environmentally friendly public transport systems. This involves considering the needs and concerns of all social groups involved. 

In addition, it is essential to study cases where collaboration between local authorities, businesses and citizens has led to the successful implementation of sustainable mobility solutions. The inclusion of different social groups in the design of transport systems is another key aspect to consider. Identifying how active community participation can generate benefits in terms of equity and accessibility is fundamental to ensure that mobility solutions meet the needs of all people. 

To sum up, participatory planning of public transport systems is a priority area for research and action in the field of sustainable mobility, which requires a collaborative approach and a focus on community needs. 

– Participatory planning of public transport systems and/or infrastructure for pedestrians and cyclists.

– Development of mobile applications for sustainable route planning and monitoring.

– Collaboration between local communities and authorities to improve the availability of public transport in peripheral areas and encourage active mobility.

– Co-creation of educational and awareness-raising programmes on sustainable mobility in schools and communities.

– Implementation of low-emission zones in urban areas through collaboration between government and citizens and/or development of shared mobility strategies in collaboration with transport companies.


Green infrastructure 

The integration of green spaces in urban areas is critical to promote sustainability and improve the quality of life of the people who live there. Taking into account the needs of the community, exploring participatory design approaches that incorporate these spaces guarantees their acceptance and effective use. Co-creation involves collaboration between residents, municipal authorities, urban planners and landscape designers in the planning and design of accessible and functional green spaces. 

Analysing success cases where co-creation has revitalised urban spaces through natural elements provides insight into how this collaboration can positively transform the built environment. Active community participation can improve the urban environment, promoting recreation, biodiversity and connection with nature at both urban and built levels. 

Investigating how citizen participation in the creation and maintenance of green infrastructure strengthens the sense of community and connection to nature. Collaboration between residents and municipal authorities in the conservation of green areas promotes biodiversity, environmental health, and fosters civic pride and a sense of belonging in the community. 

In summary, the integration of green spaces in urban areas, revitalisation of spaces through co-creation of natural elements and citizen participation in green infrastructures are keys for sustainable and liveable cities, considering the urban and building scale. 

– Collaborative design of parks or open spaces in the built environment that promote biodiversity and community well-being, integrate natural elements, and encourage active and healthy lifestyles.

– Citizen participation in the planning and creation of community gardens and urban gardens both in public space and in buildings, and promotion of urban agriculture and local food production through co-creation initiatives between residents and municipal authorities.

– Development of green corridors through collaboration between local authorities, non-governmental organisations and local residents, and/or promotion of their participatory management, involving local residents in their conservation and preservation.

– Analysis of successful cases where co-creation has led to the rehabilitation of degraded spaces through the integration of green infrastructures, encouraging social interaction and a sense of belonging.

– Community participation in urban reforestation projects to improve air quality and climate change mitigation.


Circular economy 

Exploring collaborative approaches to waste management and promoting responsible consumption practices in urban environments, as well as in building construction, is essential to address today’s environmental challenges. 

Studying cases where collaboration between different actors has led to the implementation of circular economy projects in the urban and building sectors, such as the reuse of building materials, and the promotion of the sharing economy, as well as the integration of energy efficiency technologies and the creation of energy communities, provides valuable insights into effective strategies. 

Identifying how citizen participation in circular economy initiatives and energy communities can enhance values of solidarity, cooperation and environmental responsibility in urban settings, as well as in buildings, is vital for the development of more sustainable and resilient communities. 

– Collaborative strategies for waste management in urban areas and built environment.

– Success cases in the implementation of circular economy projects in urban and building construction.

– Impact of citizen participation in the promotion of responsible consumption practices.

– Values of solidarity and cooperation driven by citizen participation in circular economy initiatives.

– Experiences of collaboration between residents, authorities and companies in the resources sustainable management in urban environments.


Social innovation 

Addressing social inequalities in urban planning requires participatory approaches that consider the needs of all communities. This involves involving diverse social groups in the decision-making process, ensuring that all voices are heard and valued in the creation of equitable and accessible urban environments. 

For this, we invite you to analyse successful collaborations between different sectors that reveal how co-creation can lead to the construction of fairer and more equitable cities and built environments. By working together, from local governments to community organisations and the private sector, inclusive solutions can be implemented that address inequalities and promote diversity in the urban area. 

Researching the impact of citizen participation in decision-making related to urban development and building construction is fundamental to understanding how to strengthen social cohesion and community empowerment. In particular, it should focus on the empowerment of women and girls, ensuring that their perspectives and needs are considered in design. 

In short, habitat co-creation offers equitable and sustainable solutions through active community participation in urban decision-making. By fostering inclusion and diversity, more resilient and liveable cities can be built, which benefit everyone who lives in them. 

– Community participation in the design of affordable, inclusive and accessible housing projects that contribute to social integration and community cohesion.

– Co-design of actions to provide equitable access to quality housing and basic services in urban areas, taking into account the diversity of needs and capacities.

– Reducing socio-spatial segregation in residential developments through inclusive urban planning and design strategies.

– Inclusive business development in residential settings, fostering job creation and market opportunities for all residents.

– Monitoring and assessment of inclusive housing policies to ensure equitable outcomes at the building and community level.