A comparative study of two design charrettes: Implications for codesign and participatory action research

Howard, Zaana & Somerville, Mary (2014) A comparative study of two design charrettes: Implications for codesign and participatory action research. CoDesign: International Journal of CoCreation in Design and the Arts, 10(1), pp. 46-62.

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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.

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ID Code: 88481
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
DOI: 10.1080/15710882.2014.881883
ISSN: 1571-0882
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Information Systems
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 Taylor & Francis
Deposited On: 21 Oct 2015 04:37
Last Modified: 21 Oct 2015 04:37

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