About Good City Group
Formed in March 2013 by ARCHEWORKS, the Good City Group is a salon-style urban design group of architects, industrial designers, urban planners, design strategists, IT professionals and policymakers from diverse practice areas dedicated to healthy, sustainable cities. We are a self-managed multi-stakeholder group that came together out of a collective desire for cross-disciplinary, experimental conversations about complex issues that affect our everyday experiences living in a larger metropolis. Our goals are to seed imaginative ideas and create opportunities for advocacy around these ideas with a network of stakeholders and partners that share our interest in social innovations and improved daily living.
The Good City Group is grounded in the ARCHEWORKS model of public interest design. Our approach and methods incorporate cross-disciplinary thinking, human-centered participatory design, iterative prototyping, and community engagement.
Early conversations were guided by two key questions:
How can we identify and map – in both broad and granular ways – sets of interconnected issues to help us understand large urban systems and the opportunities they provide?
How can we build upon the strengths and assets of our current systems, enhance the work of innovators and help accelerate the progress of community based organizations?”
Both of these questions seek to explore the important relationship between social networks and the supporting infrastructure that are involved in city building – in short, the relationship between structure and agency.