JUSThood is the new community-based method that empowers inhabitants to envision their neighbourhoods to become spatially equitable. Based on the design-driven approach, the new method is positioned at the intersection of three topics in urban design – masterplanning, spatial equity and participatory futures.
Uncovering local knowledge and mapping visions of equitable neighbourhood with participatory futures.
JUSThood method offers diverse insights of local residents to inform the work of professionals, helps inhabitants to expand their imagination and find their desires about their neighbourhoods, raise awareness about different users and develop empathy for them, and become conscious about the spatial surroundings beyond their private home units.
Our expertise covers three broad areas in the built environment:
We use master plans as a medium for collaboration. We create small-scale (neighborhood, square, street-based) and flexible master plans to bring a bottom-up approach by democratising masterplanning process.
We work with participatory futures approach that stands at the intersection of public engagement and future studies. The goal is to devise the course of future development of the urban area and community’s life by exploring the number of possible futures in a creative way. Participatory futures is used to help people diagnose problematic issues, analyse opportunities and develop collective images of the futures they want.
Cooperation with community leaders
In the first phase, we work with community leaders to diagnose the neighborhood area. In addition, the JUSThood mentor introduces the concept of spatial equity and importance of masterplanning. The goal is to leverage on and enhance the role of community leaders in the neighborhoods.
In the second phase, we conduct a participatory workshop with residents. The workshop methodology is based on design-driven approach and is conducted in the form of the game. The goal of the workshop is to create future scenarios of the neighborhood based on the What-If questions and Personas.
In the third phase, the input of residents from the workshops are translated and developed into master plans. The goal is to democratise and make masterplans more accessible and visible to inhabitants.