Urbid addresses grassroots urban transformation, and environmentally sustainable reuse of existing objects and spaces. It proposes an innovative design and decision-making platform that would enable citizens to identify derelict sites and artefacts in their neighborhoods, start a competition generating proposals for their transformation, and access a variety of funding options.
Due to limited public funds in some regions, the available resources are preferentially allocated towards large infrastructure projects like roads and highways. As a consequence, various urban spaces and objects (bus shelters, underways, etc) are abandoned for decades. This leads not only to poorer condition of the environment, but also affects issues like safety, real estate prices and quality of life. Moreover, there’s a lack of civic agency and initiative in shaping public space.
Urbid aims to empower citizens through a platform enabling initiative and streamlining decision- making in the transformation of derelict urban sites, and introduce alternative sources of funding like private companies, NGOs , advertising and crowdfunding. It also aims to test and map a process of sustainable reuse on urban scale. Encouraging a creative mix of visual arts, product design and outdoor advertising, the platform enables citizens to nominate spaces in their city in need of transformation, and professionals, companies, and citizens are invited to propose a solution for revamping them.