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Creating common ground: the value of participatory design in articulating a common ethos for dwelling

McVicar, Mhairi and Turnbull, Neil 2018. Creating common ground: the value of participatory design in articulating a common ethos for dwelling. Presented at: Cities, Communities and Homes: Is the Urban Future Livable?, Universityof Derby, 22—23 June, 2017. Published in: Tracada, Eleni and Cairms, Graham eds. AMPS Proceedings Series 10: Cities, Communities Homes – Is the Urban Future Livable? AMPS Proceedings AMPS, pp. 434-446.

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Philosopher Karsten Harries’ defined the ‘ethical function of architecture’ as that of articulating a ‘common ethos.’ From this stance, this paper considers how architectural processes may help to, as Harries described, articulate a common ethos to help us dwell. Our close examination of an ongoing renovation of a small Bowls Pavilion in a popular neighbourhood park in Grangetown, Cardiff, led by a group of residents who with an aim of gathering community, is set within the context of an ‘age of austerity’ in which volunteers are encouraged to ‘step up and take over the management of services and assets in their own communities.’ Our research scrutinises challenges and opportunities faced by residents taking on a Community Asset Transfer, and examines the challenges for participatory design and appreciative inquiry in supporting the pursuit of a common ethos for dwelling.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Architecture
Subjects: N Fine Arts > NA Architecture
Publisher: AMPS
ISSN: 2398-9467
Funders: Royal Institute of British Architects
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 1 May 2018
Date of Acceptance: 22 July 2017
Last Modified: 13 Sep 2019 10:28

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