Participatory Practice in Space, Place, and Service Design

Questions of Access, Engagement and Creative Experience

Kelly L. Anderson (Ed.)

by Rumy Narayan (University of Vaasa, Finland), Seo Yeon Hong (TEZO Analytics LLC, Los Angeles, USA), Jody Nyboer (Syracuse University), Kevin Bonnell (Wilfrid Laurier University), Renae Mantooth (North Carolina State University), Rebekah Radtke (University of Kentucky), Kelly L. Anderson (Monash University), Tom Coward (AOC Architecture Ltd.; Kingston School of Art), Katriina Heljakka (University of Turku, Finland), Annika Blomberg (Turku School of Economics, Finland), Lisa Klautzer (TEZO Analytics LLC, Los Angeles, USA), Seyeon Lee (Syracuse University), Gyungju Chyon (Monash University), Thomas-Bernard Kenniff (École de Design, Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada), Edud Belferman (Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning, Technion, Israel), Shulamit Beimel (Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning, Technion, Israel), Shoham Shefy (Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning, Technion, Israel), Karim Musfy (Zayed University, United Arab Emirates), Diane Foucar-Szocki (James Madison University), Donna Milani Luther (Inly School, USA), Thomas Peterman (Peterman Architects, Inc., USA), Reg Foucar-Szocki (James Madison University), Taylor Kuhn (Design for Agency, USA), Adam Feld (The University of Louisiana at Lafayette)

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'Participatory Practice in Space, Place, and Service Design' is premised on a belief in the importance of participatory practices in finding creative solutions to the plethora of problems we face today. It argues that engaging professions with the public in mutual exploration, analysis, and creative thinking is essential. It not only ensures better quality products, places, services, and a greater sense of civic agency but also facilitates fuller access to them and the life opportunities they can unleash.

This book offers a uniquely varied perspective of the myriad ways in which participatory practices operate across disciplines and how they impact the worlds and communities we create and inhabit. This book suggests that participatory practices are multi-disciplinary and relevant in fields as diverse as design, architecture, education, health care, sustainability, and community activism, to name a few of those discussed here.

How do designed objects and environments affect wellness, creativity, learning, and a sense of belonging? How do products and services affect everyday experience and attitudes towards issues such as sustainability? How does giving people a creative voice in their own education, services, and built environments open up their potential and strengthen identity and civic agency? Addressing these questions requires a rethinking of relations between people, objects, and environments; it demands attention to space, place, and services.

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Kelly L. Anderson
Monash University, Australia

Section One: Access 1

Chapter 1 Achieving Women’s Health in Diverse Socio-Economic Neighbourhoods
Seyeon Lee
Syracuse University, USA

Chapter 2 Everyday Products
Adam Feld
The University of Louisian at Lafayette, USA

Chapter 3 Architecture is Incidental: School Design and the Creative Agency of Teachers
Jody Nyboer
Syracuse University, USA

Chapter 4 Activating Community Psychology Values to Promote Inclusive Academic Spaces for Diverse Populations
Kevin Bonnell
Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada
Renae Mantooth
North Carolina State University, USA
Rebekah Radtke
University Of Kentucky, USA

Section Two: Engagement

Chapter 5 Analytical Engagement - Constructing New Knowledge Generated Through Storymaking Within Co-Design Workshops
Kelly L. Anderson
Monash University, Australia

Chapter 6 Invention in Action at the Young V&A
Tom Coward
Aoc Architecture Ltd., Kingston School of Art

Chapter 7 Materialising Playfulness: Developing a Social Play Space for a Multidisciplinary Research Community
Katriina Heljakka
University of Turku, Finland
Annika Blomberg
Turku School of Economics, Finland

Chapter 8 Conceptualising the Implementation of a New Commons for Sustainable Living and Community Well-Being — An Exploration of Participatory Practices
Lisa Klautzer
TEZO Analytics LLC, Los Angeles, USA
Rumy R. Narayan
University of Vaasa, Finland
Seo Yeon Hong
TEZO Analytics LLC, Los Angeles, USA

Chapter 9 Designing With Uncertainty: Encouraging Participative Thinking in the Design Studio
Thomas-Bernard Kenniff
Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada

Section Three: Creative Experience

Chapter 10 Play and Plan: Play Mode as a Creative Experience Generator in the Potential Space of the Architectural Studio
Ehud Belferman, Shulamit Beimel, Shoham Shefy
Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning, Technion, Israel

Chapter 11 Paper Dwelling Displaced Identity
Karim Musfy
Zayed University, UAE

Chapter 12 The Inly Project: A Design Relationship for Learning
Diane Foucar-Szocki
James Madison University, USA
Donna Milani Luther
Inly School, USA
Thomas Peterman
Peterman Architects, Inc., USA
Jenny Bright
Inly School, USA
Reg Foucar-Szocki
James Madison University, USA

Chapter 13 Commons-Centric Participatory Design as Driver of Well-Being
Taylor Kuhn
Design for Agency, USA

Chapter 14 Designing with the Interrelationship of Objects, Environments and People
Gyungju Chyon
Monash University

Closing Thoughts

Kelly L. Anderson has spent most of her professional and creative career within the non-profit sector, namely in education. Whether finding ways to communicate complex systems or designing for learning, she works to surface people's stories throughout the design process. With a background in Industrial Design, Kelly has also completed a Master’s in Transdisciplinary Design at Parsons in New York, where she was awarded several distinctions, including the John L. Tishman Scholarship for her commitment to sustainable development, design, and construction. She was also awarded the IDEO & Knight Foundation Civic Design Fellowship to explore how design may be used to strengthen community identity and resilience within the city of Detroit. Kelly is currently completing her PhD with WonderLab at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, while also teaching. Originally from the US, she now calls Melbourne home.

Dr. Graham Cairns (series editor) is an academic and author in the field of architecture who has written extensively on film, advertising and political communication. He has held Visiting Professor positions at universities in Spain, the UK, Mexico, the Gambia, South Africa and the US. He is the author of four monographs and multiple chapters and articles. He has edited various books and has been a book and journal reviewer for over twenty years. He is currently director of the academic research organisation AMPS (Architecture, Media, Politics, Society) and Executive Editor of its associated journal, 'Architecture_MPS', UCL Press.

Participatory design, architecture, pedagogy, public health, community studies, urban studies, education, urban design, co-design, service design, industrial design, landscape architecture

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Book Title

Participatory Practice in Space, Place, and Service Design

Book Subtitle

Questions of Access, Engagement and Creative Experience





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Physical size

236mm x 160mm


90 B&W

Publication date

September 2022