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Participatory Design as a Method to Support  Community Forms of Urban Life in the Contemporary City: Palo Alto Cooperative

Abrahán Rodríguez Buendia

In this article we want to introduce to the public the work we have realized with the Palo Alto cooperative (Mexico City) through a participatory process since 2015, with many moments of participatory design. The goal of our work is to support and strengthen this cooperative, as a community form of urban life in the contemporary city, as a few examples of this kind in this place. We want to share the methods we used in the process, the potential and challenges that we found and receive feedback from the experts at the conference.

 
 

Creating Global Learning Systems Infrastructure: A collective for multidisciplinary and cross-sector practice to tackle complex public problems

Nicole Anand, Lauren Weinstein

The future of work and education across the globe is uncertain. For practitioners solving complex public problems, limited learning opportunities and constraining work environments threaten possibilities of expanding and elevating their collective practice. Within institutions, practitioners face a multitude of challenges ranging from siloed work to homogenized practice. From the time they enter the workforce, to retirement, they hit difficult-to-traverse learning plateaus. The Residency is a global collective of Change Designers—civil servants, civil society and social designers/innovators upskilling in multidisciplinary and cross-sector practice. A year of research, concepting and co-designing informed a learning prototype embedded in a collective action model. The collective is a first-of-its-kind test of global learning systems infrastructure that can facilitate the exchange of mindsets, share power across adjacent disciplines, and privilege plural craft through self-determined exchange.

 
 

Whānau Room Rejuvenation: Valuing Whānau as an Integral Dimension of Hauora for patients at Auckland DHB

Emma Wylie, Justin Kennedy-Good, Vanessa Russell 

In 2003 Auckland City Hospital’s new building included a Whānau Room in each inpatient ward to provide space for whānau (extended family) to gather around the patient as is customary in Te Ao Māori (the Māori world). However, under the pressures of an acute hospital, the Whānau Rooms’ purpose became diluted, with many used for clinical or storage needs or falling into disrepair. The Whānau Room Rejuvenation Project, initiated in 2018, aims to re-establish the kaupapa (purpose) of these spaces and renovate them to be fit for purpose.  Using a co-design approach, patients, whānau, staff and architects worked collaboratively to understand the needs of whānau and the ward context and develop design solutions. Participatory design enabled Te Tiriti o Waitangi (Treaty of Waitangi) principles to inform the process and designs. Methods honouring bi-cultural values are especially relevant in public health care, as government bodies recognise our colonial history and work to change its legacy of inequitable health outcomes for Māori.

 
 

The role of Community Organizations in the transformation of foodscapes for the consolidation of peace economies and territorial peace in Colombia

Ana Prada

This paper addresses the relevance of rethinking the opportunities of Participatory Design as an interdisciplinary perspective that stimulates community innovation and co-designing effective solutions to the daily crossroads of COs in the current Colombian context for the transformation of foodscapes, in which relationships in the value chain are framed by trust, the building of close relationships between producers and consumers, the recognition of local knowledge and the generation of added value.  Through the project “Custodians of hope”, was found that in Colombia exists community processes, like the experience of the Ecobufalo, strengthening the bonds of trust between the actors involved in value chains to contribute to the construction of peace economies with a territorial approach.

 
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