DAC – Dwellers in Agile Cities is a research consortium funded by the Academy of Finland Strategic Reseach Council for the years 2016-2019. The project consists over 20 researchers from different institutions working on six subprojects.
The subprojects focus on sustainable urban development:
- We map the future megatrends and weak signals of future urbanization
- We carry out action research within socially diverse and ecologically sustainable solutions.
- We scrutinize the variety of urban interaction as a platform for robust urbanization.
- We create spatial examples of innovative and flexible housing and living.
The project is carried out in close co-operation with our stakeholders. We operate in four cities in Finland: Espoo, Helsinki, Seinäjoki and Tampere. Our partners consists of i.e. housing companies, architect agencies, citizen organizations, city officials, builders and building professionals and service providers.
The DAC-project has three phases
- In the first phase we create an analysis of interesting and promising international cases applicable in the Finnish context together with our international reearch partners. Via co-design we will also scrutinize the Finnish case studies and needs of different dweller groups.
- In the second phase we move onto analysing experimental cases and practices of living, housing and urban mobility.
- The third phase is the creation of a roadmap to agile cities. We do not aim to produce one set of practices or a model, but aim to highlight the potentials of urbanization in which the city works as a platform for different possibilties and flows of living, working and dwelling.