Testing Grounds Manual
The Testing Grounds Manual provides support for integrating water and climate issues into a more broad-based development or restructuring process at an early stage. The method essentially involves design study, or perhaps rather study-based design, with all the stakeholders. This makes it into a medium that leads to substantive reflection and in-depth knowledge, and reinforcement of the communication between the partners involved.
The key characteristic of a testing ground is that all the stakeholders collaborate on a concrete tasking in an area: putting heads together to discuss ideas and solution strategies, rather than passing one another by. The testing ground calls on personal professionalism and creativity. It is a pro-active and multidisciplinary concept. Urban development experts, hydrologists, urban ecologists, and project leaders collaborate on an equal footing. The testing ground is a room for innovation rather than a negotiating table. It requires a departure from interests and frameworks – for the time being – in order to create room for ideas.