A respectful design framework: incorporating indigenous knowledge in the design process

Reitsma, Lizette, Light, Ann, Zaman, Tariq and Rodgers, Paul (2018) A respectful design framework: incorporating indigenous knowledge in the design process. 13th International Conference of the European Academy of Design, Dundee, Scotland, 10 - 12 April 2019. Published in: 13th International Conference of the European Academy of Design 2019. European Academy of Design (Accepted)

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Abstract

To stay within the planetary boundaries, we have to take responsibility, and this includes designers. This requires new perspectives on design. In this work, we focus on a co-design project with indigenous communities. Within such communities, indigenous knowledge is central. Indigenous knowledge acknowledges that the world is alive and that we, as humans, are merely a small part. Central in our approach is Sheehan’s respectful design, which ensures a central place for indigenous knowledge in the design process. However, Sheehan’s approach does not state in pragmatic terms how such a design approach can be achieved. Some of the co-design processes we engaged in led to respectful design spaces, others did not. This helped us to identify patterns of dynamics that are essential for respectful design. At the core of our findings lies the observation that in order to reach a respectful design space, in which indigenous knowledge is embedded, a shared dialogical space between community and designer is essential.

Item Type: Conference Proceedings
Keywords: Co-Design, Indigenous Knowledge, Communities, Design Approach, Ownership
Schools and Departments: School of Engineering and Informatics > Engineering and Design
Research Centres and Groups: Creative Technology
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Depositing User: Lucy Arnold
Date Deposited: 28 Feb 2019 16:38
Last Modified: 28 Feb 2019 16:40
URI: http://srodev.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/82193

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