The Importance of Creative Practices in Designing More-than Human Cities

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A3 Kirjan tai muun kokoomateoksen osa
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2021
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en
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23
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Handbook of Smart Cities
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Anthropocentric city design practices can lead to the creation of urban environments that serve human needs over the needs of non-human species and the natural environment. This chapter explores the different ways in which cities are creative and more importantly how creative processes, in the form of arts-based methods, may support the design of more-than-human cities, ones in which a diversity of species are able to co-exist with humans. Arts-based methods support different ways of imagining non-human concerns, bringing varied viewpoints to the fore and revealing tensions. Arts-based methods can also be used to lower barriers for participation, providing engaging and creative ways to interpret data and information that provides evidence from beyond the lived experiences of those involved in city design. Such approaches are also useful for bringing other marginalized voices to design, such as those of children. Two case studies are described that showcase the use of arts-based method for different aspects ofurban design.
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More-than-human cities, Empathy, Arts-based methods, Participatory design, Creativity
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Wolff , A , Pässilä , A , Knutas , A , Vainio , T , Lautala , J & Kantola , L 2021 , The Importance of Creative Practices in Designing More-than Human Cities . in J C Augusto (ed.) , Handbook of Smart Cities . Springer . https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-15145-4_74-1