Design for neighborhood development: field research and workshop format
An interdisciplinary design group exploreda ‘defined environment’, in this case a neighborhood in Berlin, to seek out archetypes,resources and inspirations., Based on our findings, a rich and varied culture ranging in scale and scope, we developed proposals to catalyse interaction within this micro-cosmos. 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 to become part of this process. Together we proposed socially and economically viable initiatives including products, graphics, and services.
This active, on-site research format delivers general insight to establish an important base for further service and product innovation. The research is carried out by using various research techniques such as qualitative interviews, photographic observation, storytelling and group sketching. Processed and represented in an accessible way this allowed us to envision product- and service-oriented improvements of our neighborhood.