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  • Engaging design: Empowering beyond ‘participation’ for active engagement

Phillips, Robert ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0743-6064 and Gant, Nicholas ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9685-3571, 2020, Book Section, Engaging design: Empowering beyond ‘participation’ for active engagement Art of Research 2020. VII Art of Research Conference | 3-4 December 2020 . Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Helsinki, Finland., VII Art of Research Conference | 3-4 December 2020. ISBN TBC (In Press)

Abstract or Description:

Design’s approach to complexity; often employs tactics aimed at engaging the public, provoking awareness, seeking transitional behaviour(s) and provoking changes in culture. Engaging Design (ED) initiates active involvement (as a new paradigm for embedding provocative design propositions) within communities and society. ED is an empowering practice (traversing beyond participation) energising communities, providing agency and facilitating; ‘self-authored’ and ‘community authored’ responsible change.

Distributed tools, capabilities and access to knowledge has transformed ‘authorship’ to be socially, environmentally and contextually led. ED examples respond to environmental concerns; presenting opportunities to achieve sustainable and responsible goals. The work focuses on ‘authorship and responsibility’ as material and engagement ‘mis-use’ remains unregulated. This presents design’s responsibility toward embodying sustainable behaviour in all its means.

We analyse two case study research projects that foster independence, authorship, as a means to engender engagement; 1) My Naturewatch, engages DIY technologies to create digital trail cameras, empowering people to create and author ‘accessible nature’, through ‘homecooked’ environment exploration. 2) Grangemead, is a facilitated, community-led response, enabling participants to design their own garden within a local-authority carehome. Authors unpick design practice examples, presenting Engaging Design methods for; impactful, responsible, co-authored, sustainable and resilient design interactions.

Official URL: https://artofresearch2020.aalto.fi/
Subjects: Creative Arts and Design > W200 Design studies
Creative Arts and Design > W200 Design studies > W290 Design studies not elsewhere classified
School or Centre: School of Design
Funders: EPSRC
Identification Number or DOI: TBC
Additional Information:

Engagement; Authorship; Empowering; Responsible; Sustainability

Date Deposited: 02 Nov 2020 12:36
Last Modified: 02 Nov 2020 12:36
URI: https://researchonline.rca.ac.uk/id/eprint/4549
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