SungHee AHN and Stephen L. SMITH
For the purpose of promoting innovation in the public design domain, this
paper proposes abandoning the conventional design process in favour of a
process based on participation by residents of, and visitors to the region or
city concerned. Concurrently, the paper analyses how participation-based
public design affects the sustainability of long-term local regeneration. The
analysis can give academics and practitioners working in diverse design
professions a valuable insight into how innovations can be facilitated rather
than fashioned directly by the practitioner’s own imagination and hands.
The key is collaboration between designer (as a ‘design manager’) and the
participants. This paper proposes a ‘participation-based local regeneration
design model’ (the Model) which can induce intense interactions in the public
design process. The Jeju local regeneration project is reported as a practical
demonstration of this model. This paper can be classified as a review of an
experimental project. The paper accepts a particular definition of
‘sustainability: continuing autonomous transformation of the community
through the participation process can be regarded as evidence of the
sustainability of the local regeneration design model. Further evidence of its
sustainability may be found in an increase in links and relationship among
community members and between the community and the outer world.
PUBLISHED: Proceedings from the The 19th DMI: Academic Design Management Conference, 2014
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