Problems such as traffic congestion, safety and pollution are difficult to tackle as the mitigation involves multiple urban stakeholders.


The aim of LOOPER is to build a participatory co-creation methodology and platform to demonstrate ‘learning loops’ (ie new ways of decision-making that bring together citizens, stakeholders and policy-makers to iteratively learn how to address such urban challenges).

The methodology addresses the whole co-creation process. Citizens and stakeholders debate on topical issues, then frame the problem and collect data. The Looper platform visualizes the data and enables the co-design of solutions which are evaluated and the best are put into practice and monitored.

The platform will be tested in three living labs in Brussels, Verona and Manchester.

Aims and objectives

  • Build a participatory co-creation methodology and platform that encompasses the whole co-creation process.
  • Enable participatory data collection to identify problems, co-design of solutions as well as the implementation of selected solutions and monitoring of their impact.

Approaches and methods

  • Multi-modal (direct, deliberative), multilevel (local, urban, national) and multi-user (policy, business, research) learning loops.
  • Inclusive stakeholder involvement through online and offline tools.
  • Linking co-creation and formal evaluation tools.

Expected results and impacts

  • Demonstration of how co-creation can be extended to the full planning cycle.
  • Comparison of stakeholders’ benefits from a full-blown co-creation process in different spatial, cultural and thematic contexts.
  • Recommendations for local authorities to support learning loops of co-creation.

Involved cities

  • Brussels Living Lab - Traffic calming and pedestrianisation
  • Manchester Living Lab - Road safety and security
  • Verona Living Lab - Air pollution

Key facts

  • Duration - 2017-2020
  • Budget - £1,286,749
  • Partners - University IUAV of Venice, S4B, BRAL Citizen Action Brussels, Clicks and Links Ltd, City of Verona, Legambiente


Find out more