20/20 Visions, Collaborative and Placemaking
by Charles Campion
Communities have a collective intelligence which brings social, economic and environmental value to designing cities and neighbourhoods. Just as the act of voting is a right, it is inherently democratic to bring people genuinely to the heart of planning and placemaking
Design as Democracy: Techniques for Collective Creativity
"Design as Democracy is a radical rethinking of participatory design by leaders in the field. Full of invaluable techniques for collective creativity, it is an indispensable resource for all designers who aspire to engage more deeply with communities."
Beyond Sticky Notes is your guide to doing co-design, for real
by KA McKercher
Co-design is a transformative, community-centred design method which is much discussed – yet rarely practised authentically. Beyond Sticky Notes teaches you what co-design is and how to do it. Packed full of useful tips, clear diagrams, and practical frameworks, this book will help you lead collaborative design work, and genuinely share power.
Design Justice - Community Lead Practices To Build The Worlds We Need
by Sasha Costanza-Chock
An exploration of how design might be led by marginalised communities, dismantle structural inequality and advance collective liberation and ecological survival.
7 Ways to Think Differently
by Looby Macnamara
The bulk of the book has seven chapters, each covering one of the seven ways, which are: abundance thinking, solutions thinking, systems thinking, thinking like nature, co-operative thinking, thinking for the future and from thinking to doing. Each one adds structure and depth to the unfolding story
For the Love of Community Engagement: Insights from a personal expedition to inspire better public participation
by Becky Hirst
To have a thriving society, we need people and communities who are actively involved in civic life. A wealth of sophisticated public consultation slogans, methods and frameworks are frequently seen.
Rebel Ideas: The Power of Thinking Differently
by Matthew Syed
Rebel Ideas examines the power of 'cognitive diversity' - the ability to think differently about the world around us. It explains how to harness our unique perspectives, pool our collective intelligence and tackle the greatest challenges of our age - from climate change to terrorism
Useful websites and Guides
ACD International Voices Conference 2020
The ACD conference is a fantastic opportunity to learn from international practices and connect with others in the sector from around the world.
Thanks to everyone who contributed to our first conference in November. Full speaker presentations are now available on the ACD YouTube channel
“Finding Māoritanga”: Public art/space as a form of indigenous resistance in a culturally erased and colonised space.
Nat Defriend, Participatory City. UK
'Every One Every Day' builds on the imaginative ‘hands-on’ projects for people and neighbourhoods
Cat Drew and Tatevik Sargsyan, Design Council, with Umi Baden-Powell Director of Insider-Outsider and an Associate with Public Practice, UK.
Evolving design practice: Community Design
Sara Ortiz Escalante, Collective Point 6, SPAIN/CANADA
Rethinking spaces from new paradigms to break with discriminations and hierarchies
Joel Mills, AIA Centre for Communities by Design. The USA.
The Future of Urbanism is democratic.
Communities | Public Practice, UK
Here you will ﬁnd the resources and records of Public Practice that focus primarily on the theme of Communities.
Her City, UNHABITAT
Her City supports urban development from a girl’s perspective
Hester Street, New York
Guides and publications on techniques and methods online
Black Space Manifesto, USA
We are Black urban planners, architects, artists, activists, designers, and leaders working to protect and create Black spaces. Our work includes a range of activities from engagement and projects in historically Black neighborhoods to hosting cross-disciplinary convenings and events.
Collectiu Punt Six, Spain
Guides and publications on gender-based urban assessment and methods
Association of Community Design, USA
To Learn and To Share
Design Kit, Human-Centred Design
Human-centred design is a creative approach to problem-solving and the backbone of our work at IDEO.org. It’s a process that starts with the people you’re designing for and ends with new solutions that are tailor-made to suit their needs
Glass-house Resources, UK
The Glass-House wants to share what we learn and to help and inspire others to take forward their own projects and actions. We have produced a number of practical resources as well as films and publications about our work.
VOICE OPPORTUNITY POWER
A TOOLKIT TO INVOLVE YOUNG PEOPLE IN THE MAKING AND MANAGING OF THEIR NEIGHBOURHOODS.
This is a free resource with practical guidance on how to involve young people (11-18) in the way that places get built and managed. It is for professionals (not young people themselves): developers, designers, planners and sports providers. It is designed to improve participation in – and the quality of – new development and regeneration.
Models of Mindset, Australia/Global
Introducing the mindsets for co-design
Here are the six mindsets, described by KA McKercher in Beyond Sticky Notes: Doing Co-design for Real (2020).
Elevating lived experience
Being in the grey
Learning through doing
Valuing many perspectives
The Climate Action Game project
A group of young people have joined forces with researchers at Birmingham City University to create an innovative new board game to help raise awareness of key issues surrounding climate change funded by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).
CLIMANIA, is available to download, print and play for free. It tasks participants with retrofitting properties – the process of adding additional technology to their homes - while facing different environmental challenges and opportunities.