Participation – taking part in the community development.
“Collective participation introduces a plurality of objectives and actions whose outcomes cannot be foreseen. Initially, it is possible only to prefigure a line of behaviors and tendencies to set the process on its way.” ©Giancarlo De Carlo, 2005, Architecture and Participation
“Community - the people who live in a particular area or have common interests”.
As we can see from the definitions of Cambridge, Oxford, Collins dictionaries, and Oxford Dictionary of Human Geography, a community becomes a unit under the following conditions: belonging to a territory and/or having common interests.
Therefore, each of us already belongs to a particular community. The only question is whether there is a recognition of common interests and a sense of responsibility for the territory of the community as its own space.
"Civic engagement refers to the ways in which citizens participate in the life of a community in order to improve conditions for others or to help shape the community’s future." / Richard P. Adler, Judy Goggin, 2005 /
This is one of the definitions available. It is debatable whether we are talking about citizens or residents of a particular territory in general, and the status of citizenship is not so significant in the case of architectural changes.
For example, our character Unic and his cat friend were engaged in public discussions and took care that the house and the surrounding space are comfortable for them, and its residents, and sustainable for both, friends and Nature.
Meet again – Unic! Why Unic? Because of Unicorn. And because we liked it. This is our team participation to make a difference.
"Сivic society is a voluntary body or society which aims to represent the needs of a local community" /Wikipedia/
"Civic society is an organization founded to promote the interests of a local community" /Collins Dictionary/
A society that consists gromady/local communities for decision making and acting in the cities and forms civil society. Why this phrase is controversial – to be continued...