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Doina Petrescu on Participatory Design

"Driven by desire, participatory design is a 'collective bricolage' in which individuals (clients, users, designers) are able to interrogate the heterogeneity of a situation, to acknowledge their own position and then go beyond it, to open it up to new meanings, new possibilities, to 'collage their own collage onto other collages,' in order to discover a common project. As in bricolage, in participative projects, the process is somehow more important than the result, the assemblage more important than the object, the deterritorialisation more important than the construction of territories."

Doina Petrescu, from "Losing Control, Keeping Desire," in Architecture and Participation, 2005

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Credits: Photo of community workshop in Pune from Urban Nouveau.

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