Iceland, Reykjavik

The Transformation of The Given City

when 29 March 2016 - 5 April 2016
language English
duration 1 week

As part of the COST Action ‘People Friendly Cities in a data rich world’, the DaVinci Institute is supporting the international winter school “Co-Creating Urban Spaces”. The school will give participants the opportunity to explore why and how the Reykjavik commune of Breiðholt is being transformed from a disadvantaged suburb into a thriving community. With the help of a trans-disciplinary group of international experts and local practitioners, participants will gain new knowledge and develop new toolsets for addressing technological, social, cultural, and economic urban challenges in an interdisciplinary, people-centred manner.

Course leader

Prof Mark DYER - Director of Trinity House, Dublin, UK & People-Friendly Cities Action Chair
After 20 years working across the globe in the construction sector Mark returned to university life in 1999 at Durham University and later Strathclyde University

Target group

Early stage investigators (MA - PhD+5 years )
Young professionals working in urban design
City and community administrators working on urban regeneration

Course aim

Key learning objectives are:

(1) Insights into how/why actual Public Participation activities reap intended results and others not.
(2) New viewpoints on how the software of a city can be combined with the hardware of a city to promote smart and liveable cities
(3) Introduction to interdisciplinary viewpoints on public engagement and what makes a city people friendly.
(4) Knowledge of actual novel approaches to public engagement in urban development and for increasing social cohesion
(5) Understanding the Physical, Institutional, Communal and Personal Framework of Urban Spaces

Credits info

As a trans-sector, interdisciplinary training school, no formal university accreditation will be offered. However, a certificate of attendance, as well as the opportunity to publish in a peer reviewed journal are available.

Fee info

EUR 0: Participation is possible only after successful application. The participation to this training schools is free, but the local organiser may levy a small fee to cover onsite expenses such as materials, lunches and transportation (under EUR 300).


The COST Action TU1204 “People-Friendly Cities in a data-rich world” will offer a limited number of grants (up to a maximum of 800 euros) covering participation, and contributing to travel and accommodation. These grants are open to applicants from academ