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Valuing Community-Led Design

Alexiou, Katerina; Zamenopoulos, Theodore and Alevizou, Giota (2013). Valuing Community-Led Design. AHRC Discussion Paper.

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The ideas and practice of community-led design, participatory design or co-design have a long-standing tradition, especially in the context of urban design, planning and architecture. Community-led design goes beyond the one-dimensional process of consultation, helping involve people in decision-making throughout the design process, from visioning to implementation. There are many benefits from this approach, from improving civic participation and ensuring more democratic outcomes, to creating a strong sense of community and strengthening people’s attachment to their place and to each other, to producing more sustainable solutions.

However, despite this tradition, community-led design is not a mainstream practice. An essential part of this issue is that the benefits of the approach are not thoroughly understood, measured or disseminated.

The project aimed to grapple with this issue, and explore how a better case for community-led design can be made. The objective was to collate, articulate and disseminate evidence about the value of community-led design and bring the relevant stakeholders together to share good practice and form a research agenda for the future.

The project team delivered a series of focus groups and creative workshops with multiple stakeholders. It also created Community Design Exchange a bespoke social network site for sharing stories and showcasing achievements of community-led design.

Item Type: Other
Copyright Holders: 2013 Alexiou, 2013 Zamenopoulos, 2013 Alevizou
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Valuing Community-Led DesignAH/J007145/1AHRC (Arts & Humanities Research Council)
Keywords: community-led design; place-making; storytelling; community exchange; asset mapping; value
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Engineering and Innovation
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Social Sciences and Global Studies > Politics
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Social Sciences and Global Studies
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Research Group: Design and Innovation
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Item ID: 39646
Depositing User: Giota Alevizou
Date Deposited: 05 Mar 2014 12:32
Last Modified: 07 Aug 2019 04:36
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