A comparative study of two design charrettes: Implications for codesign and Participatory Action Research
Co-Design: International Journal of CoCreation in Design and the Arts
The purpose of this paper is to explore how participatory prototyping, through the use of design charrettes, can advance participatory action research (PAR) approaches and contribute to codesign practices in organisational settings. This will be achieved through the comparison of two varying design charrette experiences from a PAR initiative to redesign spaces in the Auraria Library in Denver, Colorado. Each design charrette followed a three-stage sequence of information sharing, idea generation and prototyping, and prioritisation with each stage building upon the former, both in terms of design concepts and in building up elements of ‘making’. While both charrette structures were similar, leadership and execution varied considerably. Lessons learned from the two design charrette experiences are presented, including the value of participatory prototyping within PAR to support ‘research through design’ activities. In addition, it highlights the value of authentic design participation of ‘designing with’ rather than ‘designing for’ to encourage optimal design outcomes.
Somerville, M. M.
A comparative study of two design charrettes: Implications for codesign and Participatory Action Research.
Co-Design: International Journal of CoCreation in Design and the Arts, 10(1), 46–62.
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