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.

part I|1 pages

To diversify

chapter 1|13 pages

Valuating narrative accounts in participatory planning processes

15A case of co-creative storytelling in Antwerp, Belgium

chapter 4|15 pages

Data-driven design for civic participation

Introducing digital methods for on-going civic engagement for design in public space

chapter 5|16 pages

Design initiatives in public spaces

Eight interpretative lenses

part II|1 pages

To co-produce

chapter 7|16 pages

Digitally networked action

Developing self-organisation in ‘weak-tie’ residential communities through a ‘Facebook group’

chapter 9|15 pages


Modeling, civic empowerment and the invention of a new profession

part III|1 pages

To interrupt

chapter 10|12 pages

Design, technology and social innovation

145The serious game of TrafficO2

chapter 11|22 pages

Daredevil or socialiser?

Exploring the relations between intrinsic motivation, game experience and player types in serious games with environmental narratives

chapter 12|16 pages


Participatory urban interventions in a post-communist context

chapter 13|16 pages

Rethinking the designer’s role in the collective re-imagination of societies

A necessary reinterpretation of design for social innovation

part IV|1 pages

To document

chapter 16|16 pages

Documentation games

A comparison between three games to support participatory design teams to document their design process