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Design as Democracy

Techniques for Collective Creativity

  • David de la Peña
  • Diane Jones Allen
  • Randolph T. HesterJr.
  • Jeffrey Hou
  • Laura L. Lawson
  • Marcia J. McNally
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Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. David de la Peña, Diane Jones Allen, Randolph T. Hester Jr., Jeffrey Hou, Laura L. Lawson, Marcia J. McNally
    Pages 1-8
  3. David de la Peña, Diane Jones Allen, Randolph T. Hester Jr., Jeffrey Hou, Laura L. Lawson, Marcia J. McNally
    Pages 9-44
  4. David de la Peña, Diane Jones Allen, Randolph T. Hester Jr., Jeffrey Hou, Laura L. Lawson, Marcia J. McNally
    Pages 45-72
  5. David de la Peña, Diane Jones Allen, Randolph T. Hester Jr., Jeffrey Hou, Laura L. Lawson, Marcia J. McNally
    Pages 73-100
  6. David de la Peña, Diane Jones Allen, Randolph T. Hester Jr., Jeffrey Hou, Laura L. Lawson, Marcia J. McNally
    Pages 101-132
  7. David de la Peña, Diane Jones Allen, Randolph T. Hester Jr., Jeffrey Hou, Laura L. Lawson, Marcia J. McNally
    Pages 133-164
  8. David de la Peña, Diane Jones Allen, Randolph T. Hester Jr., Jeffrey Hou, Laura L. Lawson, Marcia J. McNally
    Pages 165-194
  9. David de la Peña, Diane Jones Allen, Randolph T. Hester Jr., Jeffrey Hou, Laura L. Lawson, Marcia J. McNally
    Pages 195-224
  10. David de la Peña, Diane Jones Allen, Randolph T. Hester Jr., Jeffrey Hou, Laura L. Lawson, Marcia J. McNally
    Pages 225-260
  11. David de la Peña, Diane Jones Allen, Randolph T. Hester Jr., Jeffrey Hou, Laura L. Lawson, Marcia J. McNally
    Pages 261-302
  12. David de la Peña, Diane Jones Allen, Randolph T. Hester Jr., Jeffrey Hou, Laura L. Lawson, Marcia J. McNally
    Pages 303-307
  13. Back Matter
    Pages 309-326

About this book

Introduction

How can we design places that fulfill urgent needs of the community, achieve environmental justice, and inspire long-term stewardship? By bringing community members to the table, we open up the possibility of exchanging ideas meaningfully and transforming places powerfully. Collaboration like this is hands-on democracy in action. It’s up close. It’s personal. For decades, participatory design practices have helped enliven neighborhoods and promote cultural understanding. Yet, many designers still rely on the same techniques that were developed in the 1950s and 1960s. These approaches offer predictability, but hold waning promise for addressing current and future design challenges. This volume is written to reinvigorate democratic design, providing inspiration, techniques, and case stories for a wide range of contexts.
Edited by six leading practitioners and academics in the field of participatory design, with nearly 50 contributors from around the world, this book shows how to design with communities in empowering and effective ways. The flow of the book’s nine chapters reflects the general progression of community design process, while also encouraging readers to search for ways that best serve their distinct needs and the culture and geography of diverse places. Each chapter presents a series of techniques around a theme, from approaching the initial stages of a project, to getting to know a community, to provoking political change through strategic thinking. Readers may approach the book as they would a cookbook, with recipes open to improvisation, adaptation, and being created anew.

This book offers fresh insights for creating meaningful dialogue between designers and communities and for transforming places with justice and democracy in mind.

Keywords

democratic design community design process justice and democracy hands-on democracy participatory design practices

Editors and affiliations

  • David de la Peña
    • 1
  • Diane Jones Allen
    • 2
  • Randolph T. HesterJr.
    • 3
  • Jeffrey Hou
    • 4
  • Laura L. Lawson
    • 5
  • Marcia J. McNally
    • 6
  1. 1.Department of Human EcologyUniversity of California, DavisDavisUSA
  2. 2.Design Jones LLCNew OrleansUSA
  3. 3.College of Environmental DesignUniversity of California, BerkeleyBerkeleyUSA
  4. 4.Department of Landscape ArchitectureUniversity of WashingtonSeattleUSA
  5. 5.Department of Landscape ArchitectureRutgers UniversityNew BrunswickUSA
  6. 6.Department of Environmental DesignUniversity of California, BerkeleyBerkeleyUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.5822/978-1-61091-848-0
  • Copyright Information David de la Peña, Diane Jones Allen, Randolph T. Hester Jr., Jeffrey Hou, Laura J. Lawson, and Marcia J. McNally 2017
  • Publisher Name Island Press, Washington, DC
  • eBook Packages Earth and Environmental Science
  • Print ISBN 978-1-61091-922-7
  • Online ISBN 978-1-61091-848-0
  • Buy this book on publisher's site