The Infrastructure Co-design Toolkit was developed through the EPSRC funded Engineering Comes Home project.

The Engineering Comes Home project applied the principles of co-design to the problem of reducing water, energy and food resource impacts in a social housing community in London, UK. Water, energy and food are conventionally delivered using centralised infrastructure systems. Working with community members, the co-design method identified alternative options for meeting community aspirations, reducing environmental impacts and improving wellbeing.

The co-design process followed a project lifecycle of :

Stage 0 Aims and approaches
Stage 1 Qualitative research
Stage 2 Capture requirements
Stage 3 Options evaluation
Stage 4 Detailed design
Stage 5 Evaluation

The project defined a method statement for each stage, and a series of tools to support delivery. This site provides details of methods and tools for infrastructure co-design. These are available for others to modify and use, under creative commons licence.

 

Team

Dr Sarah Bell, Director of the Engineering Exchange, UCL

Dr Aiduan Borrion, Senior Research Associate in the Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering, UCL

Dr Charlotte Johnson, Research Associate in the Bartlett School of Environment, Energy and Resources, UCL

Dr Kat Austen and iilab

Dr Robert Comber, Lecturer in Computer Mediated Communication based at Open Lab, Newcastle University