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Designing from somewhere : a located, relational and transformative view of design

Brereton, Margot (2009) Designing from somewhere : a located, relational and transformative view of design. In Binder, Thomas, Löwgren, Jonas, & Malmborg, Lone (Eds.) (Re)searching the Digital Bauhaus. Springer, London, pp. 100-119.

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Abstract

In this essay I explore a view of design that emphasizes the multiplicity of relationships between designer, the community for whom the design is intended and the development of the design over time. Rather than focus on the design as produced, attention is given to the network of design relationships that makes design possible and to how we enter into those relationships.

I draw upon a case study of a design that is being evolved over time in an embedded research approach that has drawn upon approaches from participatory design, co­design, design concept development and agile software development methods.

Embedded design research emphasizes sustained collaboration over time between the design team and the community in which the design is deployed. Exploration of the interplay between the design as imagined and the design as used leads to a productive dialectical view that holds as a central tenet the bridging of technological and human aspirations

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ID Code: 21244
Item Type: Book Chapter
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Keywords: Community informatics, ubiquitous computing, situated display, situated design, longitudinal design
ISBN: 9781848003491
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > DISTRIBUTED COMPUTING (080500) > Ubiquitous Computing (080504)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > DESIGN PRACTICE AND MANAGEMENT (120300) > Digital and Interaction Design (120304)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > LIBRARY AND INFORMATION STUDIES (080700) > Social and Community Informatics (080709)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Past > Schools > School of Design
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 Springer-Verlag London Limited
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