Engaging Actors in Co-Designing Heterogeneous Innovations

Ulrik Jørgensen, Hanne Lindegaard, Tanja Schultz Rosenqvist

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    In this paper we share and analyze our experiences staging a co-design process in which we through different interventions engage important actors in designing. Our experiences are taking from an innovation and research project about user-involvement in textile design processes. As the project focused on textiles role in healing hospital environments, the co-design process analyzed is a process of designing textile products for these environments. During the co-design process we engaged architects, engineers and textile designers. The focus in this paper is specifically on the challenges related to translating and transporting the results of these different events due to the institutional and professional framing of projects and design processes. We are analyzing these through an actor network approach and use the translation term to describe how the participants slowly became engaged in our project’s agenda by going through the different stages of translation. The paper is finalized with reflections on the difficulties in engaging actors in a co-design process and transporting results into the existing framed context of design and architectural work.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the 18th International Conference on Engineering Design : Impacting Society through Engineering Design
    Number of pages600
    VolumeVol.1 Design Processes
    PublisherDesign Society
    Publication date2011
    ISBN (Print)978-1-904670-21-6
    Publication statusPublished - 2011
    Event18th International Conference on Engineering Design : Impacting Society Through Engineering Design - Copenhagen, Denmark
    Duration: 15 Aug 201118 Aug 2011
    Conference number: 18


    Conference18th International Conference on Engineering Design : Impacting Society Through Engineering Design
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    • professional framing
    • co-design
    • healing environments
    • textiles
    • actor-network theory


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