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Engaging Children to Co-create Outdoor Play Activities for Place-making

Geertje Slingerland, Stephan Lukosch, Frances Brazier

Outdoor play activities are one of the ways via which children can acquire a sense of place towards their neighbourhood. Engaging children in the design of these activities through Participatory Design (PD) holds promise. However, knowledge lacks on the characteristics of place-making processes for children, the changing dynamics in these processes, and how PD can contribute to this.This paper proposes a PD method, grounded in literature, to support children in co-creating outdoor play activities for place-making. The method is applied with 42 children in Rotterdam. Involvement of local partners, preparation meetings, and PD materials tailored to children’s interests and skills are vital to enable children to design outdoor play activities that are meaningful to them.

 
 

Including Intellectual Disability in Participatory Design Processes: Methodological Adaptations and Supports

Herbert Spencer González, Vanessa Vega Córdova, Katherine Exss Cid, Marcela Jarpa Azagra, Izaskun Álvarez-Aguado

People with intellectual disabilities are relevant actors in the design processes that aim to promote their independent living. We argue that it is necessary to extend and adapt existing codesign methods in order to incorporate this community into user-centred design processes fully. This paper presents a series of methods and adaptations carried out over three years, in the context of inclusive research. Throughout the codesign process, we have identified four different phases: preparation, fieldwork, ideation and validation. Within this framework, we present adaptations and supports, which may facilitate the participation of people with intellectual disability in research and design processes. Among the central adaptations and supports, we distinguish those of content, structure and operation. This initial but comprehensive effort aims to distil transferable knowledge for facilitating the participation of people with intellectual disabilities as valuable design team members.

 
 

Spaces for Participatory Design Innovation

Gemma Teal, Dra. Tara French

This paper presents a model to guide the design of participatory design (PD) projects, which was generated through methodological reflection on a programme of digital health and care research. Building on wide use of the term spaces within PD literature and theory, the model comprises seven spaces that can be designed to support diverse stakeholders to engage in a PD process. The model encourages reflection on the capacity of participants to critically and creatively engage with the concepts being proposed, in order to design a process to scaffold participation. Aiming to support PD practitioners and researchers to identify the combination and sequence of hybrid spaces required to move participants and concepts towards resolved designs, the model guides the careful design of each space supported by examples of practice. The model is also designed to enable reflective practice and articulation of PD processes to support integration within multidisciplinary collaborations.

 
 

O designer projeta o espaço. O espaço projeta o designer

Rómulo Miyazawa Matteoni, João Víctor Correia De Melo, Fernando Carvalho, Ana Carolina Cardoso

Segundo Milton Santos, o Espaço é formado pelo conjunto indissociável, solidário e paradoxal do sistema de objetos e do sistema de ações, que não devem ser considerados de maneira isolada. O trabalho tem como objetivo expor abordagem didática na formação de designers que parte desse olhar sobre o Espaço, demonstrando como os usos de conceitos de outros campos podem fertilizar a prática do Design. Dessa forma, as questões que alicerçam o projetar são levantadas a partir da descrição das relações no Espaço, utilizando a Oportunidade como elemento central do plano didático. Assim, o ensino de projeto relatado se pauta pelo trânsito entre seis pontos-chave: Oportunidade, Objetivo, Alternativas de solução, Parâmetros de projeto, Partidos projetuais e Proposta de Solução. O trabalho exposto propicia visão do Espaço como conjunto complexo de interações que traz múltiplos pontos de articulação, possibilitando ao Designer realizar abordagens singulares a partir das conexões entre as variáveis descritas.

 
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