Aiming to create sustainable and inclusive cities that bridge the gap between polarized economic classes, urbanists and city planners in Mexico have started to encourage the participatory design process. This article explores the participatory design as an asset to strengthen community bonds and create awareness regarding the social and sustainable development of the city. A case study was conducted in Querétaro, Mexico in Los Alcanfores Park. An interdisciplinary methodology was designed to integrate the community in the diagnosis, strategies, and the park’s project. Data was analyzed through content and statistical analysis in order to validate and generate reliable results. Results suggest that the participatory design process gradually engages the community. It has a snowball effect; participants attract and invite other members. Results indicate that the gradual involvement, allows participants to create a solid and informed opinion, focusing on collective needs rather than individual preferences. Therefore, the participatory design is considered to be a reliable and inclusive process to create awareness and aid opinion forming; leading to a focused and responsible design of the city.

">
 [PCST]
PCST Network

Public Communication of Science and Technology

 

Designing sustainable cities through participatory design
An inclusive interdisciplinary methodology

Patricia Cabello   Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey

Aiming to create sustainable and inclusive cities that bridge the gap between polarized economic classes, urbanists and city planners in Mexico have started to encourage the participatory design process. This article explores the participatory design as an asset to strengthen community bonds and create awareness regarding the social and sustainable development of the city. A case study was conducted in Querétaro, Mexico in Los Alcanfores Park. An interdisciplinary methodology was designed to integrate the community in the diagnosis, strategies, and the park’s project. Data was analyzed through content and statistical analysis in order to validate and generate reliable results. Results suggest that the participatory design process gradually engages the community. It has a snowball effect; participants attract and invite other members. Results indicate that the gradual involvement, allows participants to create a solid and informed opinion, focusing on collective needs rather than individual preferences. Therefore, the participatory design is considered to be a reliable and inclusive process to create awareness and aid opinion forming; leading to a focused and responsible design of the city.

[PDF 150.43 kB]Download the full paper (PDF 150.43 kB)

BACK TO TOP