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As designers we are just passengers, the community is the expert. Community participation is essential to design places that work for all.

As a teacher & architect, it is my strength to distill the underlying motives of children, teenagers and adults, via made-to-measure activities.

The first step is about research and participation. All participants share their views.  Together we uncover their own, community-based set of requirements.

Secondly we co-design with children /community. We draw, measure, craft, and prototype. It is especially the conversations during the design activities that offers the most input. Taking all the ideas seriously, helps produce amazing, innovative ideas.  

Thirdly, if possible we co-construct: if children, community craftsmen, parents, local experts, or students, build together, a true community place is born.

Previous participation processes

Participation GAME:
Children, teenagers, elderly, parents ~
too many different opinions?
In this game they share, listen, categorize and deliver a shared set of requirements.

Children as architects for their own play area’s!
With Right to Play and Jantje Beton we have set up a child-centered design method.

Renovation of the play area?
Children can analyse their own spaces best. Insightful, practical and inspirational output ensured.

1. Cool climate lessons (rain/ heat)
2. Analysis of their own surroundings
3. Co-designing + dialogue
4. Tiles out, plants in: a life lasting learning experience

Real life imagination challenge!
Difficult to imagine what your area could look like? Participants draw their ideas directly on the area!

Pedagogical aspects of child participation.
How to create balanced interaction?

Please do not ask children “what play-element would you like?”
A different approach will clarify the true underlaying needs and dreams.

Crafts as participatory design?
Great! But not without dialogue:
How to use creative activities in a useful way?

We need your opinion!
How to challenge children
to give their honest opinion?

Incorporate children’s vision within your city
Their unconventional ideas break through policy-borders.

We have created hundreds of participatory design methods.
What participation would serve your school’s / community’s goals best?
Let’s think about it.