Participatory design Blog

Participatory design is about the creation and management of the built environment for and with people. Applied to architecture and urban design it cuts across traditional professional boundaries and cultures working towards collective outcomes in high quality design", says urban designer Angela Uttke. Participatory design offers children and the youth the change of being part in designing the built environment. It aims to foster a sense of responsibility and criticism ability in handling the built environment. Most importantly it is about a dialogue with children and the youth over they view and their ideas for the built environment. Dr. Angela Uttke is an urban planner and designer and a founding member of JAS. She is dedicated to built environment education for children and young people. Angela Uttke was invited to host a blog about Participatory design.

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Angela Uttke

 This interview was done in Fantasy Design training conference held in Gent. 

 In the search for the best design solution the young designers need to explore (and test) a wide range of forms, materials and design solutions by site visits, sketching and model making.

In real planning and building projects the kids may also have to understand the values and interests of others (neighbours, politicians,..) and learn about ownership, building codes and land use regulations. And last but not least, if children and young people participate in the building process they may also have to learn certain building skills (bricklaying, carpenter work, …). ...


Who is the expert?

Children and the youth have a vital understanding of spaces, buildings and neighbourhoods. They are experts of their needs. They will be “framers” and decision makers in cities of tomorrow. So let them start being a designer today! Let them start right a way to explore the aesthetical, technical and functional matters of space.

Planners, architects, craftsman and educators are important facilitators in the collaborative design process. They can enable children and the youth to develop their own designs by fostering design knowledge, planning and building skills. ...