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Empowerment games : empathic design probes for user participation in community housing

Lee, Yan Ki , Jachna, Timothy J. , & Frazer, John H. (2004) Empowerment games : empathic design probes for user participation in community housing. In Clement, Andrew & Van den Besselaar, Peter (Eds.) Participatory Design 2004- Artful Integration: Interweaving Media, Materials and Practices, 27 - 31 July 2004 , Toronto, Canada .

Abstract

This paper documents the empowering process of a group of public housing residents through different design probing exercises. These exercises worked along with existing social processes without any involvement of designers. This paper shows how a design researcher devised a series of probing tools called "empowerment games" with a group of active users. These games are self-learning tools for making the abstract language of design legible to users. The main purpose of this intitiative was to change the preconception of govenmental bodies and professional designers of the passivity of the users with regard to their designed environment. This was the first case of the application of a participatory design process in Hong Kong subsidized housing. Design empathy is a central skill when working with users throughout the whole design research project.

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ID Code: 26634
Item Type: Conference Paper
Keywords: concrete space vs abstract space, design empathy probes studies, community housing, participatory design games
ISBN: 1581138512
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Subjects: 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 > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > ARCHITECTURE (120100) > Architectural Design (120101)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Past > Schools > School of Design
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2004 Association for Computing Machinery
Deposited On: 05 Aug 2009 10:30
Last Modified: 11 Aug 2011 01:30

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