Urban problems such as traffic congestion, safety and pollution are difficult to tackle as the mitigation involves multiple stakeholders. The aim of Looper was to develop new ways of decision-making that bring together citizens, stakeholders and policy-makers by building a participatory co-creation methodology and platform that demonstrate ‘learning loops’.
The Looper model addressed the whole co-creation process. Citizens and stakeholders debated on topical issues, then framed the problem and collected data. The Looper platform visualized the data, and enabled the co-design of solutions which were evaluated and the best were put into practice and monitored. The platform was tested in three living labs in Brussels, Verona and Manchester.
Looper was launched in July 2017 and ran until October 2020. It was submitted under JPI Urban Europe’s ERA-NET Cofund Smart Urban Futures Call. Looper received funding from the European Union, Innoviris Brussels, the UK Economic and Social Research Council, and the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research.
Research projects with a similar focus to Looper are CIVITAS’ SUNRISE and METAMORPHOSIS.