The Spontaneous City International

A Multi-Stakeholder Approach

SPCitI Multistakeholder Approach



At The Spontaneous City International, we see the city not only as a built matter, but also as the ensemble of the relationships between the different individuals inhabiting and making the city: the citizens of today. 

We believe that shaping our living environment should be the result of the cooperation and combination of the interests and expertise of all involved stakeholders: public entities, corporations, civic organizations and private individuals.   

Based on a set of defined principles, SPcitI prompts and guides innovative urban planning processes.

We bring together people, knowledge and disciplines in a multi-stakeholder approach and involve all stakeholders throughout the phases of every project.





Our approach revolves around one core question:

How to connect the citizens to their cities and make them co-owners of the urban development process?


The Spontaneous City PrinciplesPrinciples

In answering this question, we follow few steps:

  • We ease and facilitate communication among the stakeholders;
  • We enhance shared decision making and the assignment of roles among the different stakeholders;
  • We ensure that all stakeholders commit to achieve concrete projects;
  • We outline business models;
  • Finally, we create frameworks where individual rights, duties and responsibilities are equally accessible and consciously shared.

SPCitI Benefits



These steps are funneled through the different project phases into a comprehensive process of spatial development and transformation adapted to the scale of every project. The result is the organization and implementation of a collective development strategy which outlines the ambitions, roles, responsibilities, commitment and benefits of all stakeholders.

We also apply our approach to other forms of interventions, which we are regularly invited to organize, namely workshops, labs, lectures, seminars and exhibitions as well as to our research projects.