Designing with urban grassroots organisations in South America: Pilot study in Argentina
Parra Agudelo, Leonardo, Choi, Jaz Hee-jeong, & Foth, Marcus (2016) Designing with urban grassroots organisations in South America: Pilot study in Argentina. In Ting: Making Publics Through Provocation, Conflict and Appropriation – A Workshop at the Participatory Design Conference (PDC), 15 August 2016, Aarhus, Denmark. (Unpublished)
In this paper we present our first attempt at bringing to the field a community-oriented design research agenda situated in the South American grassroots context. We discuss early insights, which reveal that pursuing autonomy through education provides means to sustain grassroots efforts; that by leveraging thematic interests the organisations can build strong local networks, and; that bringing design methods of seeing and doing to existing projects can help develop their own entrepreneurial agendas. In this paper we also consider our insights through three notions: provocation, conflict and appropriation. By doing so, it instigates a discussion of positioning participatory design in South America, the role that designers and design researchers could play in this space, highlighting the tensions that emerge in co-creating publics within this particular context.
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