Situated perspectives on the city: a reflection on scaling participation through design

De Carli, Beatrice and Apsan Frediani, Alexandre (2021) Situated perspectives on the city: a reflection on scaling participation through design. Environment and Urbanization, 33 (2). pp. 376-395. ISSN 0956-2478

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This article explores the relationship between design methodologies and the scaling of participation in cities. The article recognizes that the scaling of community-led informal settlement upgrading is a central concern in the broader debate on scaling participation, and it interrogates the potential contribution of design methodologies in connecting localized, community-led upgrading initiatives outwards and upwards. We discuss these ideas by drawing on our own experience of devising and facilitating a number of participatory design and planning initiatives titled Change by Design with the non-profit organization Architecture Sans Frontières – UK (ASF-UK). Reflecting on this experience, we argue that the inclusion of a design-based, city-level perspective in localized upgrading initiatives can be a powerful conceptual and practical tool to support horizontal, vertical and deep scaling; and we highlight the importance of constructing this design tool in an embodied and situated manner, so that scaling processes remain firmly grounded in everyday lives and experiences.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: city; design; informal settlement upgrading; participation; scaling; situated practice
Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 320 Political science
300 Social sciences > 360 Social problems & services; associations
700 The arts; fine & decorative arts > 720 Architecture
Department: The School of Art, Architecture and Design
Depositing User: Dr Beatrice De Carli
Date Deposited: 20 Oct 2022 11:07
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2022 11:07


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