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Beyond the castle: public space co-design, a case study and guidelines for designers

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>2013
<mark>Journal</mark>Swedish Design Research Journal
Number of pages10
Pages (from-to)48-57
Publication StatusPublished
<mark>Original language</mark>English


In this paper we describe a high profile project to reimagine a large green space in the heart of the city of Lancaster in the UK. This co-design project involved professional designers but also 2500 people with 700 of these making an active co-design contribution. This project forms the basis of a discussion of how we used a series of events to help participants reach their full creative co-design potential moving from doing to creating levels of creativity.
From this case study we go on to develop a framework of recommendations to help designers reflect on their normal practice and how they need to operate within a co-design project. These recommendations seek to maximise the benefits of this approach and produce good design outcomes. This framework has been evaluated in a series of international workshops in the UK, Belgium and the Netherlands.