In April and May, a second and third co-creation session took place in Genk, facilitating interaction between citizens, industrial partners, the local government, and researchers. Citizens of the neighbourhoods of New Texas and the adjacent Garden City suburb of Waterschei participated in both co-creation sessions. The two co-creation sessions aimed to receive input and ideas from citizens – both tenants and home owners – with regard to their neighbourhood of the future.
The second co-creation session took place on 23 April. It was called the “Dream Session” because participants could dream about the neighbourhood of the future. People discussed issues and possible solutions to form a Positive Energy Neighbourhood. To visualise their ideas, the participants crafted sculptures, posters and mind maps. There was a very constructive vibe during the session, as the participants said: “When everyone comes together, true positive energy is created”
During the third co-creation session on 14 May, participants created designs for their dwellings and neighbourhood. They generated realistic ideas and solutions for a future-proof Positive Energy Neighbourhood in Waterschei, by visualising their ideas on a map of the neighbourhood and a sketch of the houses.