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The Urban Fabric Initiatives : a collaborative and participatory approach throughout the initiatives

The inclusive approach of the UFI involves the active participation of a wide range of stakeholders at all stages of the urban project. By involving local stakeholders and users from the earliest stages of the project, they create urban environments that genuinely meet the expectations and needs of communities.

A multi-stakeholder, participatory approach: co-producing public spaces and facilities

The Urban Fabric Initiatives involve a wide range of players in the urban fabric: residents, community organisations and associations, local authorities, community leaders, contracting authorities, etc. The operator of the UFI, sets things in motion and organises dialogue between all these players by acting as a facilitator.

Réseau d'acteur de la Pépinière urbaine

The UFI approach is participatory and inclusive, from the diagnostic phase through to the co-design and construction and management of the facilities. As well as taking better account of needs, participation aims to ensure that residents take greater ownership of the facilities, thereby promoting their proper use and durability.

Schéma et étapes de collaboration Pépinière urbaine

A long-term vision: advocating and taking action to build inclusive cities

The overall aim of the UFI Programme is to contribute to improving the quality of major urban projects by working with all the players involved in the urban fabric towards greater citizen participation, the inclusion of all the players concerned and the deployment of new working methods, such as tactical urban planning.

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Who are the players in the UFI projects?

The UFI operator acts as a conductor, working for collaboration between the various players who plan and make the city. The UFI operator is often a civil society organisation or a group of partners. It may be appointed following a call for projects launched by the Agence française de développement (AFD) or the local contracting authority. Its role is to manage and implement the Urban Incubator approach on several identified sites, public spaces and/or brownfield sites, by bringing together all the stakeholders and users affected by the urban transformations.
Users of the sites and spaces targeted are at the heart of the Urban Incubator. These are mainly civil society organisations (CSOs), economic interest groups, residents or users of public spaces, and local cultural players. They are the 'masters of use' of urban projects, because their daily practices generate knowledge and expertise about where they live or work. The UFI recognises and promotes this legitimacy and expertise. In this way, it involves users throughout the project design and implementation process, from identifying needs and opportunities to evaluation, via the implementation of a shared space management system.
The public contracting authority may be the municipality, a national or regional public player, the urban works development agency, or the planning body leading the major structuring urban project. The Urban Incubator works alongside this public contracting authority. The public contracting authority provides technical expertise, facilitates project development within a defined timeframe, acts as a link between the Urban Fabric Initiatives and the traditional urban project, and organises dialogue between the UFI operator and the other project stakeholders (design offices, businesses, other public or private players).
City experts are players with specific skills in the urban field. They include construction companies, retailers, architects, town planners, geographers, researchers and others. All contribute their views and expertise to urban development and can play a role in the dynamics of the Urban Fabric Initiative.

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