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Co-creating the Green Streets Game. A collaborative research project with the members of Street Transformation Group

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dc.contributor.author Delgado Avila, Natalia
dc.date.accessioned 2014-08-21T20:50:25Z
dc.date.available 2014-08-21T20:50:25Z
dc.date.copyright 2014 en_US
dc.date.issued 2014-08-21
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1828/5584
dc.description.abstract This study began with questions about of the impact of co-design on my professional identity as a designer and researcher as well as the impact of this dual role on the research and its implications for innovations in design practice and education. My study conceptualized a new approach to participatory research, by combining design, participation and research in a co-design based methodology aimed to assist the members of the Street Transformation Group to collectively develop a visual communication strategy for their facilitation of co-design, providing a space for reflection about group process and project development as well as the impact The Street Transformation Group was formed in 2011 by three Vancouverites: Maya McDonald, Adam Kebede and Julien Thomas. Inspired by the City of Vancouver’s Neighbourhood’s Greenway initiative (City of Vancouver, 2011), a city policy that looks to turn streets into parks, the group created an educational and planning tool: The Green Streets Game, a board game that allows participants to discuss their ideas for a preferred community design in a collaborative, role-play scenario, leading them through a process of reflection, dialogue, and design, in order to produce a shared vision for the future of their neighbourhood. My study conceptualized a new approach to participatory research, by combining design, participation and research in a co-design based methodology aimed to assist the members of the Street Transformation Group to collectively develop a visual communication strategy for their facilitation of co-design, providing a space for reflection about group process and project development, as well as the impact of these findings on my professional identity as a designer and researcher and the implications of this dual role design practice, research and education. My conclusions focus on collaboration as a classroom strategy and the importance of personality balance and conflict management, as well as the role of designers as reflective researchers. I introduce a new model for co-design that combines elements from action research and other participatory practices with traditional design stages and conceptualizes design as a complex, multi-layered process in a state of constant transformation. The model emphasizes flexibility, allowing the process to develop and change over time and looks to provide a deeper understanding and appreciation for elements like intuition, improvisation, emotion and tacit knowledge within the design process. en_US
dc.language English eng
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject co-design en_US
dc.subject participation en_US
dc.subject collaboration en_US
dc.subject participatory design en_US
dc.subject sustainability en_US
dc.subject design education en_US
dc.subject action research en_US
dc.subject user centred design en_US
dc.title Co-creating the Green Streets Game. A collaborative research project with the members of Street Transformation Group en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.contributor.supervisor Emme, Michael J.
dc.contributor.supervisor Wiebe, Michelle
dc.degree.department Department of Curriculum and Instruction en_US
dc.degree.level Doctor of Philosophy Ph.D. en_US
dc.rights.temp Available to the World Wide Web en_US
dc.description.scholarlevel Graduate en_US


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