Local participation session
Tuesday 21st of August
14:00 – 17:00
LUCA School of Arts, Campus C-mine, Genk
The Participatory Design Conference (PDC) 2018 is looking for conference attendees to think/work with local communities with their issues of participation during one afternoon. On Tuesday 21st of August (14-17h) , we will organise a ‘Local Participation Session’ in which two local organisations will present their project and related participation issues they are currently dealing with.
The selected local projects/organisations are:
La Biomista is a city development project, which is integrated in the former mining district of Zwartberg (Genk), and a collaboration between the city of Genk and the internationally renowned artist Koen Vanmechelen. The elaboration of La Biomista will bring a new dynamic in the neighbourhood and hopefully will generate a positive effect on the social economic development of the Koning Boudewijnlaan (former shoppingstreet in decline). During this session we want to reflect on the way inhabitants can be involved/challenged in this process of social economical revaluation After a short introduction of and confrontation of insights from the La Biomista and the ParckFarm case , we will engage participants hands-on with one challenge in detail – in this case La Biomista site – by means of the LABkit, a discussion tool designed to enable multiple stakeholders to lay the groundwork for an urban lab together, will be utilised to both raise questions and explore potential answers.
‘t Sjokkepoeike (swing horse) is a small day-care center with parental participation in Hasselt, founded in 1976 on the initiative of a number of parents who were dissatisfied with the care of children at that time. Although parental participation is a key issue of the crèche, quite a few thresholds hinder this participative approach. Some key questions that will be discussed: how to get parents to participate more actively; how to convey the participatory vision of ‘t Sjokkepoeike; how to involve vulnerable families, etc.
If would like to discuss/work with one of the above mentioned projects, please send a mail with the project of your choice before July 15, 2018 to firstname.lastname@example.org. Notification of acceptance: end July, 2018.
Katrien Dreessen, Andrew Vande Moere and Antonella De Angeli
Participation chairs PDC 2018