A collaborative learning infrastructure to build capacity for urban transformations

Ingrid Mulder*, Alberto Magni

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An increasing number of social innovators are leveraging cities as urban learning ecosystems in order to experiment with design approaches to tackle societal challenges at a local level. However, the scale and complexity of these challenges force them to constantly acquire new capabilities to advance the local experimentation towards systemic change. We introduce co-design as a transformative community-driven design method to facilitate innovators to continuously identify, connect, co-define, and share with other peers their learning journeys to build capacity over time for addressing societal challenges. The current article elaborates upon a capacity-building framework that not only resulted in elaborate training activities for urban transformations, but also fostered a community of practice that was instrumental to self-sustain a learning network. Results highlight the importance of developing a collaborative learning infrastructure capable of expanding the pool of societal actors contributing to the further diffusion and co-creation of knowledge for urban transformations

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)119-140
Number of pages22
JournalInteraction Design and Architecture(s)
Issue number52
Publication statusPublished - 2022


Horizon2020 Grant Agreement No. 763784


  • Capacity building
  • Co-design
  • Collaborative learning
  • Learning ecosystem
  • Reflection
  • Self-development
  • Urban innovators
  • Urban transformations.


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