Friday, October 16 • 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Collaborative Action: Designing with Community LIMITED

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While many community design projects may never leave the drawing board, Collaborative Actions replace the drawing board with a “design by doing” approach. In this way, the guesswork of creating community events and amenities is replaced with a model that, by design, ensures more active participation. The heart of the Collaborative Action approach is to move beyond planning and dialog and into implementation.

Because the Collaborative Action emphasizes process, designers and community members are encouraged to see it as a prototype, and potentially the first step in a larger transformation. Through deep participation at all stages of planning and execution, we focused on the potential for collaborative action to sow seeds of love and forgiveness in a community. This definition of success gave designers and community members the freedom to dream, learn, and reflect. Collaborative Actions can range from arts and cultural events to comprehensive community planning strategies. Freed from the imperative for direct quantitative impact, but still motivated by a vision for social equity, the Collaborative Actions present a model for scalable community design work that does not result in failure of great ambition.

This workshop will offer a brief overview of several collaborative action projects as well as reflections on lessons learned and an interactive component on visioning and strategies for possible collaborative actions that conference participants might want to bring to their own communities.


Nella Young

Nella Young directs the Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellowship program, which places early-career architectural designers at community development organizations to contribute their design and community engagement skills to the field of the community development and affordable housing... Read More →

Friday October 16, 2015 12:00pm - 1:30pm
01 - Rhythms Sheraton Hotel
  • CEU Hours 1.5