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Publication Detail
Processes for Just Products: The Capability Space of Participatory Design
  • Publication Type:
    Chapter
  • Authors:
    Frediani, A. , Boano, C.
  • Publisher:
    Springer Verlag
  • Publication date:
    30/04/2012
  • Chapter number:
    12
  • Editors:
    Oosterlaken I,Hoven JVD
  • ISBN-10:
    9400738781
  • ISBN-13:
    9789400738782
  • Status:
    Published
  • Book title:
    The Capability Approach, Technology and Design
  • Keywords:
    Philosophy
Abstract
This chapter explores the relationship between the process and product of participatory design. It argues that there is an unhelpful dichotomy that pushes the thinking and practice of participatory design through two separate schools of thought: planning versus design. This chapter suggests that advancements in overcoming such challenge can be reached by perceiving design through the lends of the capability approach. The concept of ‘capability space’ is proposed to explore the process and product components of freedom associated to participatory design. The chapter then elaborates on a series of normative values based on concepts from radical democracy and social production of space literature that aims at supporting the application of the concept of capability space. Design is embedded in the processes of deepening democratic practices by revealing power relations and navigating through dissensus.
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