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Transformative participation and collaborative practice-led design research

Norrie, H ORCID: 0000-0002-8941-9531 2018 , 'Transformative participation and collaborative practice-led design research', in M Sierra and K Wise (eds.), Transformative Pedagogies and the Environment: Creative Agency Through Contemporary Art and Design , Common Ground Research Networks, USA, pp. 115-137.

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In Future Practice: Conversations from the Edge of Architecture, Rory Hyde (2012)speculates on a range of trajectories for architectural practice from the “environmentalmedic” to the “near future inventor.” These profiles imagine roles that spandisciplines from architecture and urban design, to sociology, politics and the creativearts, highlighting the increasing interdisciplinarity of design practices. This reflects adiverse range of emergent creative and spatial practices in the fields of research anddesign that are increasingly central to design practice and pedagogy. Although the design studio has traditionally formed the key domain ofarchitectural practice, increasingly, “design research” is emerging as a specific modeof creative engagement. Design research provides a form of “critical spatial practice,”that can be both collaborative and transformative (Rendell, 2013, p. 119). In contrastto traditional modes of design or research that explore defined problems with the aimof producing solutions, Peter Downton (2003) notes that design research is “a way ofinquiring, a way of producing knowing and knowledge” (p. 1). This paper explores collaborative practice-led design research that engages withreal world issues through research-based teaching, promoting open-ended explorationand enquiry. Rather than focusing on architecture as a process of problem solving thataims to produce built formal or spatial solutions, this paper explores the field of“dispositif-architecture,” which is “made out of relations and…generates relations”(Dascălu, 2013, p. 208). It explores collaborative practice-led design research projectsthat engage local communities through strategic design, which according to BrianBoyer (as cited in Hyde, 2012, p. 138) “gives shape to decisions rather than objects orbuildings.” Drawing on Jeremy Till’s ideal of “transformative participation,” whichprovides a catalyst for new modes of practice that “expos[e] the limits of normativearchitectural methods,” the paper considers how collaborative practice-led designresearch can recast the architect as an “urban curator,” facilitating collaboration toaddress a range of urban spatial issues in diverse ways (Till, 2005, p. 11).

Item Type: Book Section
Authors/Creators:Norrie, H
Keywords: urban, design research
Publisher: Common Ground Research Networks
DOI / ID Number: 10.18848/978-1-86335-010-5/CGP
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Copyright 2018 Marie Sierra and Kit Wise, eds.

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