Caring—⁠with rather than —⁠about or —⁠for moves beyond understandings of care as a provision from institutions to individuals, or from individual to individual, which positions the cared—for as passive recipients.

Caring—with names a different and more holistic way of envisaging care as “an ongoing system of caring acts in which we’re sometimes on an extreme end of the giving–receiving scale, and sometimes in the middle” (Tronto, 2015, p. 16).

Caring—with Cities takes this possibility to the urban realm in an attempt to understand how care can be embedded as a value into existing and future cities. The project interrogates the interface between community-led and policy-led initiatives, and explores if and how care—with can be designed into future urban policy and practice.

How is ‘care’ conceptualised and operationalised by policies and community-led practices in the cities? How does it inform visions and practices towards a ‘good city’?

What are the individual and collective psychological processes involved in generating a sense of care towards urban environments?

What forms of caring—with practices, across policy-makers and community-led initiatives, successfully recognise, value, support and amplify care within cities?

How can care be embedded and designed in cities’ infrastructures?

How could we design more holistic strategies to bring care into the heart of urban decision making?

Tronto, J. C. (2015). Who Cares?: How to Reshape a Democratic Politics. Cornell Selects.