How to diagnose a city? The activating city diagnosis (ACD) as a novel tool for participatory urban development


Abstract


The following article presents a novel tool for participatory city development. Cornelia Ehmayer introduces Activating City Diagnosis (ACD,) which is a qualitative method designed to enable cities to develop their future potentials by involving people who usually are excluded from urban development planning. Inspired by theoretical concepts and approaches such as organizational analysis, community psychology, network analysis, qualitative social research and action research, the article outlines the procedure of a diagnosis while providing a collection of appropriate methods to use at various stages of the process.

 


Keywords: Activating City Diagnosis, Organizational Development, Participation, Urban Planning, Sustainability, Psychology, Resilience

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