We work on city making by bringing together research, community participation and design.
Urban Transcripts was born of a desire to create a new tool through which to explore the city as a complex phenomenon in a participatory and cross-disciplinary way. It was initiated in 2010 as an annual programme of events such as exhibitions, conferences, and workshops, focused on, and hosted in, a different city every year. Our point of departure was to grasp and effectively communicate the complexity of the city through a three-fold “urban transcript” where arts, theory and research, architecture and urbanism, complement and confront one-another.
Currently our work focuses on Urban Laboratory projects for cities and urban areas: integrated research-participation-design projects that start with an urban problem and end with the generation of urban design and policy proposals. Focused on a specific urban agenda and sensitive to the particularities of place, the Urban Laboratory fosters collaboration across countries, disciplines, communities and institutions, generating multi-dimensional design- and policy-based solutions to urban challenges that are socially just and environmentally sustainable.
We respond to the urban challenges of the future through a holistic approach: through research we analyse the urban process and identify strengths and weaknesses; through community participation we engage citizens and stakeholders in the urban development process; through design and policy solutions we re-shape and re-programme the urban fabric creating sustainably successful places. Each of our projects starts as a unique urban problem to resolve. Fusing expert research and public participation into the design process we provide innovative solutions addressing the socio-economic and environmental challenges our cities are facing.