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Institutioning: Participatory Design, Co-Design and the public realm

Journal article
Authors Liesbeth Huybrechts
Henric Benesch
Jon Geib
Published in CoDesign - International Journal of CoCreation in Design and the Arts
Volume 13
Issue 3
Pages 148-159
ISSN 1571-0882
Publication year 2017
Published at School of Design and Crafts
Pages 148-159
Language en
Links www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.108...
Keywords Co-Design, Participatory Design, institutioning, public realm, politics
Subject categories Architecture, Design

Abstract

In this introductory article to the special issue ‘Co-Design and the public realm’, we discuss a common interest in how meso- and macro-political institutional contexts frame and are informed by Participatory Design (PD) and Co-Design processes. We argue that a unilateral focus within PD and Co-Design on the micro-political scale of fieldwork obscures interactivity with institutional framing processes, undermining their potential as sites of critique and political change. Our argument is drawn from a study of literature on the role of institutions in relation to PD and the public realm and our experience as participants in an EU-funded research project. The case study descriptions unpack how various institutional frames inform PD processes and how, conversely, PD processes inform various institutional frames: metacultural frames, institutional action frames and policy frames. To highlight the move to engaging with and creating new institutions, we introduce the notion of institutioning.

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