ReSpace and Innovation


Organic project lifecycles, transition modelling, Holistic Urban Regeneration, new planning classifications, social associations and stakeholder mapping… are just some of the innovations that ReSpace has introduced as part of our mission.


Whether it’s solutions to local problems, national problems like homelessness or global scale issues like climate change – now is the time to focus our abilities on dealing with them.


However if profit is the primary motive for innovation then that focus can be compromised and ultimately lost – as fluctuating market forces affect opportunity cost and thus investment.


By creating a “free architecture based on waste” ReSpace intends to create areas of experimentation – where new methods, products, technologies and systems can be tried and tested without fear of failure. This is an innovation environment and recognition for this is steadily growing.


We have tried to highlight the potential of this new system we propose with a number of innovations of our own to support it. Click on the images or read the snippets below to find out more…


Respace in Politics The Classification Holistic Urban Regeneration



Project Lifecycles


Developed by Ellen Osborne to chart and map the stages of various projects in relation to themselves and others.

To develop an organic system that connects projects in a functioning network we developed a project “lifecycle” that identifies where projects are in their development and thus how to support and integrate them effectively. This lifecycle runs from the moment an idea for a project is formed – right up until it is completed and then gives rise to the “Dandelion Effect” as the projects legacy is felt. This organic way of viewing projects enables sophisticated mapping of needs.




The Dandelion Effect


A phrase coined by Azja to describe the process of taking down a project and spreading the volunteers, materials and resources to other projects to help them start up. The Hive’s effect meant that less than 10% of it’s entire resources was wasted!

Many of the ReSpace’s innovations are based on the concept of “biomimicry” – creating systems that learn from those found in nature. The Dandelion effect reinforces the “sharing” principle of respacing. It is an innovative solution to the problem of “what happens when a project closes?” The concept of resources and people – like seeds – flying off to root in fertile ground encourages the idea that we are only ever “keepers” of resources – not consumers. After we have used them they can still be used by others.




Stakeholder mapping


Another one of Ellen’s introductions was the mapping of groups involved in a particular project.

By intensively mapping the 

different stakeholders involved in particular site we can look deeper and find those who may be less considered. By doing this we can see links, support networks and also integrate marginalised groups and safeguard their interests. This is an important process and cannot be disregarded.




The ReSpace Alliance


ReSpace’s network functions on an economy based on trust and sharing. We developed a model for maintaining and monitoring this: RALLY.

The function of RALLY is to create a conscious network of projects, city and change makers that work together to build better cities. Based on a architecture that has served well for the internet, projects connect in a peer-to-peer architecture sharing skills and resources. Peers review one another to keep the network healthy.


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Transition Modelling


To understand the role of social organisations in aiding the transition toward a lower carbon – more equal society Gee modified a model first created by Frank Geels.

This identifies the crucial role of “innovation” in creating solutions for a new society. Geels chart does not however explain how this innovation occurs. Our modification shows the potential role that empty buildings and wasted resources can play in fuelling this innovation environment. Should we wish to see a better, cleaner future then we must pay attention to the methods by which positive behaviour can become normalised.




Other Documents


Adrian Watts : Hive Life Project Summary





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