Street Interventions For Change: Design With & For Community Groups + Grassroots Organisations

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PhD Final Seminar
Leonardo Parra Agudelo
Urban Informatics Research Lab, QUT Design Lab
Creative Industries Faculty, Queensland University of Technology

Mon 13 June 2016, 10-11am, GP-D214
Queensland University of Technology, Gardens Point campus

Street Interventions for Change: Design with and for Community Groups and Grassroots Organisations

Abstract
A large number of Latin American cities suffer from straining living conditions. In Colombia, where more than 50 years of an ongoing and undeclared armed conflict have led to forced internal migration, multiple grassroots organisations have emerged to creatively address civic issues related to under-served communities, including violence, poverty, social disenfranchisement and discrimination. This study examines the ways that grassroots organisations and community groups creatively engage in addressing civic issues through street-based interventions in Bogota from the adversarial design perspective. The study presents the development and evaluation of two different kinds of design artifacts: situated interactive interventions for grassroots projects and community consultation, which informed the application of adversarial design as a process for envisaging street-based interventions with grassroots organisations in Bogota, Colombia. The findings highlight the need for building collaboration networks, leveraging local obstacles through creativity; providing individual and collective learning opportunities as a means of capacity building for long-term social transformation and; emphasising the city and its streets as a playground for change where the future can be envisioned collaboratively with others in a creative fashion.

Supervisors
Principal Supervisor – Prof. Marcus Foth
Associate Supervisor – Assoc. Prof. Gavin Sade
Associate Supervisor – Dr Jaz Choi

Panel:
Dr Mirko Guaralda (Chair)
Dr Verena Thomas
Dr Debra Cushing

Bio
http://dev.urbaninformatics.net/team/students/leo/

Twitter
@Parra_Leonardo @UrbanInf @QUTdesign
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By: Urban Informatics Research Lab

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