Extended deadline!

We still have room for some extra participants. If you are interested in joining us, you have time until the 5th of August to write your positioning text. You’ll hear from us at latest on the 8th of August.


PDC 2016 Workshop: Collaboratively Articulating “Urban” Participatory Design?!


Increasingly many Participatory Design (PD) researchers and practitioners engage in urban and public contexts, which surely is about participation and democracy, but not necessarily with a main focus on technology development. These engagements are often a part of dealing with complex societal challenges such as sustainability, segregation, neighbourhood development, etc. Many different but partly overlapping denominations are used to capture these participatory practices such as: community-based PD, emerging publics, design for sharing, commons and commoning, transition and transformation design, public and social innovation, PD and urban living labs, etc.

As a group of PD researchers, the “Boundary Brigade”, we have engaged in this kind of work for soon a decade. “Urban Participatory Design” or the like has been a session theme at previous PDC conferences, yet, we find and propose that this can be further articulated.

At this dialogue-based hands-on workshop, we invite others with similar interests in:

  •  exploring what characterizes applying a PD approach in urban and public contexts,
  • how to understand ”urban” ,
  • whether it is fruitful to articulate as a more overarching concept the (sub)domain of Urban Participatory Design.

Practically we will do this through collaborative mappings for example with cut-ups of a “personal positioning” by the workshop participants and by co-producing arguments as video stories.

Organisers: “The Boundary Brigade”; co-design and DESIS researchers Mette Agger Eriksen, Anna Seravalli, Per-Anders Hillgren, Anders Emilson at K3, Malmö University, Sweden

Contact: mette.agger@mah.se

Duration: Full day

Registration: Requires a small pre-workshop submission (see here) (16 participants max)