Design for neighborhood development: field research and workshop format
An interdisciplinary and international design group was coordinated by us to explore a ‘defined environment’, in this case a neighborhood in Berlin, to seek out archetypes resources, and inspiration over a given time period of five days. Based on our findings, a rich and varied culture ranging in scale and scope, the group developed proposals to catalyse interaction within the area. The open workshop setting provided a physical space for communication and a framework for evaluating and addressing potential needs and possible collaborative ventures. Our aim was to engage local residents by involving them in the design process in order to come up with socially and economically viable initiatives including products, graphics, and services.
This active, on-site research format delivers general insight that works to establish an important base for further service and product innovation. The research is carried out by using various ethnographic and design research techniques (qualitative interviews, photographic observation, storytelling, group sketching) that are processed or represented in an accessible way to allow for envisioning together with our public and stakeholders product and service oriented development and improvement.