The process I have described on these web pages has had two guiding stars: urban places and participatory city planning methods.
The process of defining the urban places can be seen as a vertical process, where each phase of the process creates a new layer of spatial information concerning urban places needed in multicultural housing areas. This process gets more precise phase by phase: It starts from spatially large areas and ends up with spatially small details.
The process of probing different participatory city planning methods, on the other hand, can be seen as a horizontal process, where each phase of the process is linked temporally to the previous and following ones to mould the needed participatory city planning methods in multicultural contexts. This process gets more complicated phase by phase: It starts from temporally simple methods and ends up with a whole structure of methods – service design and empathic planning.
I have combined these two viewpoints in a process that can be seen both as a planning, research, learning and an integration process:
- I have used the chosen participatory city planning methods as in an ordinary city planning process: in data gathering, actual planning and evaluation in this particular order.
- I have applied and probed these different methods in a research process in order to define the characteristics of urban places needed in multicultural housing areas and in order to find the right participatory city planning methods suitable in a multicultural city planning context.
- When using all the methods I have learnt a lot about the urban places and the methods themselves, but also more broadly about service design and empathic planning.
- Learning all this has also changed me and my attitudes towards immigrants as part of a mutual integration process between me and immigrants.
This four-stranded process has advanced like a spiral, meaning that each phase has partly overlapped with the previous phase and partly brought something new to the findings by deepening either my gained information, knowledge, capabilities or attitudes.