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Giving voice to equitable collaboration in participatory design

Giving voice to equitable collaboration in participatory design

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  • Marlene Ivey
  • Elizabeth B.-N. Sanders
  • Yue Li
  • Elizabeth Kirk
  • Ian Ricketts
  • Lorna Stevenson
  • Mark O'Connor

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Original languageEnglish
PublisherIzmir University of Economics
StatePublished - 2007


An AHRC funded research project titled Experimenting with the Co-experience Environment (June 2005 – June 2006) culminated in a physical environment designed in resonance with a small group of participants. The participants emerged from different disciplines coming together as a group to share their expertise and contribute their knowledge to design. They engaged in storytelling, individual and co-thinking, creating and co-creating, sharing ideas that did not require justification, proposed designs even though most were not designers …and played. The research questioned how a physical environment designed specifically for co-experiencing might contribute to new knowledge in design? Through play and by working in action together the participants demonstrated the potential of a physical co-experience environment to function as a scaffold for inter-disciplinary design thinking,saying, doing and making (Ivey & Sanders 2006). Ultimately the research questioned how this outcome might influence our approach to engaging participants in design research and experimentation?

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