Varieties and issues of participation and design

Yoram Reich, Suresh L. Konda*, Ira A. Monarch, Sean N. Levy, Eswaran Subrahmanian

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Participatory design is the antithesis of traditional design in which designers are expected to exhibit their expertise. The right to participate in design is often ignored and even when it is accepted, many obstacles including perceived pragmatic/economic deficiencies and organizational concerns, impede participation. This paper critizes the foundations of traditional design and elaborates some features of participation in various design disciplines particularly in the context of architectural design and urban planning. An approach to participation founded on widening communication channels among participants is presented. Finally, the potential applications of computer tools for supporting participation are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)165-180
Number of pages16
JournalDesign Studies
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1996


  • Communication
  • Computer-supported cooperative work
  • Design quality
  • Design theory


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