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Design Med Omtanke: participation and sustainability in the design of public sector buildings

Nilsson, Birgitta; Peterson, Barbro; Holden, Georgina and Eckert, Claudia (2011). Design Med Omtanke: participation and sustainability in the design of public sector buildings. Design Studies, 32(3) pp. 235–254.

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This paper discusses a participatory design approach developed by Design med Omtanke in Västra Gotaland, Sweden that has been successfully used for public sector building projects. The approach uses participatory design techniques alongside sustainable design, to design public spaces that meet stakeholder requirements, using sustainable products and materials. The paper reviews participatory design literature and positions the work described in relation to this. The context of the work is discussed and examples show the scalability of the approach. The conclusion is that the approach described can overcome problems frequently experienced by novice clients and can successfully be used to achieve sustainability objectives in a wide range of settings.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2010 Elsevier Ltd
ISSN: 0142-694X
Extra Information: NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Design Studies. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication.
Keywords: design process, user participation, built environment, environmental design, participatory design
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Engineering and Innovation
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Research Group: Design and Innovation
Item ID: 26205
Depositing User: Georgina Holden
Date Deposited: 23 Mar 2011 14:13
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2020 00:15
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