Creating, Sustaining and Optimising the Collaborative Realm for Participatory Design

Zoya E. Kpamma1, Theophilus Adjei-Kumi2, Joshua Ayarkwa3 & Emmanuel Adinyira4

1PhD Candidate, Department of Building Technology, KNUST, Kumasi, Ghana, +233244787599, evanskpamma@yahoo.co.uk
2Senior Lecturer, Department of Building Technology, KNUST, Kumasi, Ghana, +233244536995, tadjeikumi@yahoo.co.uk
3Associate Professor, Department of Building Technology, KNUST, Kumasi, Ghana
4Lecturer, Department of Building Technology, KNUST, Kumasi, Ghana, +233246753214, rasadii@yahoo.com

Abstract

Participatory design attempts to actively involve beneficiaries of design in the design process towards ensuring that the designed product/service meets their needs. This calls for an integration of the domain of designer with the domain of the user to create a realm of collaboration between the designer and the user for an effective involvement of the user in the design process. There is also the need to, in addition to creating the collaborative realm, also focus on sustaining the realm and optimizing the output of the realm. This paper recognizes the key place of decision-making in the design process and proposes a conceptual model, based on various concepts, towards creating sustaining and optimizing a collaborative realm for an effective participatory design. The model primarily relies on various theories on participatory design, motivation and collaboration. Significantly the model ends with a proposal for a user- involvement framework that incorporates a lean decision-making system such as Choosing By Advantages.

Keywords

Participatory design, user-involvement, collaboration, decision-making

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Kpamma, Z.E. , Adjei-Kumi, T. , Ayarkwa, J. & Adinyira, E. 2014, 'Creating, Sustaining and Optimising the Collaborative Realm for Participatory Design' In:, Kalsaas, B.T., Koskela, L. & Saurin, T.A., 22nd Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction. Oslo, Norway, 25-27 Jun 2014. pp 475-485

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