What’s next for Civic Design? – a conversation at DRS2024

CivicIxD Research Group is co-organizing a conversation to explore the question What is next for Civic Design?, at the upcoming Design Research Society (DRS) conference – taking place in Boston, MA (USA) from June 23rd-28th, 2024.

The starting point for this conversation is that due to the contrasting logics of civic design approaches and institutional ways of working, it remains difficult for local civic initiatives to become sustainable and increase their collective impact. The goal is to explore how a civic design approach can help to increase the significance of local civic initiatives in and with their institutional contexts. First, the focus will be on approaches, methods and skills that can help to bridge the gap between the two logics. Following this, the discussion will revolve around the views participants have on scaling local civic initiatives as a part of broader systemic transformations. Finally, gaps in knowledge will be collected to identify collaborative steps to further empower and broaden the impact of local civic initiatives.

This conversation is a collaboration between researchers:

  • Mike de Kreek – Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences
  • Jaz Hee-jeong Choi – Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences
  • Martijn de Waal – Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences
  • Gabriele Ferri – Eindhoven University of Technology
  • Ferry van de Mosselaer – Fontys University of Applied Sciences
  • Katrina Newell – Ulster University
  • Eric Gordon – Emerson College
  • Vasilis Vlachokyriakos – Newcastle University
  • Andrea Hamm – Weizenbaum Institut
  • Tomasz Jaskiewicz – Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences
  • Wina Smeenk – Inholland University of Applied Sciences