Participatory Design Theory: Using Technology and Social Media to Foster Civic Engagement

1st Edition

Oswald Devisch, Liesbeth Huybrechts, Roel De Ridder

Published October 2, 2018
Reference - 270 Pages - 24 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138087682 - CAT# Y334167
Series: Routledge Research in Planning and Urban Design


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In recent years, many countries all over Europe have witnessed a demand for a more direct form of democracy, ranging from improved clarity of information to being directly involved in decision-making procedures. Increasingly, governments are putting citizen participation at the centre of their policy objectives, striving for more transparency, to engage and empower local individuals and communities to collaborate on public projects and to encourage self-organization.

This book explores the role of participatory design in keeping these participatory processes public. It addresses four specific lines of enquiry: how can the use and/or development of technologies and social media help to diversify, to coproduce, to interrupt and to document democratic design experiments? Aimed at researchers and academics in the fields of urban planning and participatory design, this book includes contributions from a range of experts across Europe including the UK, Belgium, the Netherlands, Italy, Denmark, Austria, Spain, France, Romania, Hungary and Finland.

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