Khadidja graduated with a masters in sustainable architecture and landscaping from the Politecnico of Milano. She is passionate about unleashing people’s potential on shaping the future of their cities and not to passively go through the urban transformations. She currently works at Urban Scale Interventions, a creative studio that supports public and private organisations in people-centred design innovation. The studio works on multiple scales, from codesigning cultural interventions to large infrastructures and public policies.
Culture and placemaking | Tactical urbanism | Tooltesting
Khadidja has an ongoing experience in creative techniques aiming to bring communities effectively on board from the beginning to the end of a project.
With an architecture and landscape design background, she is capable of designing processes from the visualization to the action plan.
Bright ideas was a participatory budgeting project in North Belfast that proved that small actions can have lasting effects. During a six months process, the community came up with creative solutions for their streets and vote on the one they wanted to see delivered.
The ideas delivered addressed the need for brightening up the environment, for soft skills learning and community confidence building. Bright ideas birdboxes were assembled by over 200 people, personalised and installed in their gardens; a series of graphics designed with the kids are now dressing up the neighbourhood streets, and young people cooked old local recipes and shared a meal with their elderly residents. During the whole process, people from 3 to 99 years old were able to make their contribution, having their say, learning new skills and gaining new proudness for their community.
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