The design process is always a normative process: its constructive practice always contains a message, an ideal of how things should be. We believe that in practical issues, which concern our actions and living together, there is always room for choices. The question is only to determine the nature of those choices. Inspired by the work of David Harvey, among others, we have centered our design process around the following principles:


URWI strives for radical inclusivity — both socially and environmentally. The functions of the city will be designed to benefit all citizens; not divided along lines of socially produced differences. There will be no »wrong side of the tracks«, but rather all parts of the city will be designed to maximize the health and benefit of humans and the natural environment.


We wish to create an atmosphere that encourages interaction between citizens. This aims to promote a sense of community and lay the groundwork for a moral economy and a safe, inclusive environment.  We will design spaces that foster conscious engagement in the daily lives of citizens—both with one another and with their surroundings.


In nature, diversity is equal to health. We aim to construct a decentralized environment that minimizes redundancy: resources will not be centrally controlled. Control of resources like energy, food, and water will be democratic and local so that decisions are made by those who are affected by them.

URWI will respect the natural cycles of which it is a part — hydrological, phosphorus, nitrogen, carbon, etc. We aim to promote a circular use of materials and work within the natural limitations of these cycles. Central to this is reimagining the meaning of waste and exploring its potential in developing new materials and energy sources. Also, URWI aims to be adaptable in the sense that it will strive towards a type of dynamic equilibrium, accepting inevitable change and evolution through time.