A Participatory Design Case Study in Environmental Design Education

Yumeng Xie, G. Mauricio Mejia, Paul Coseo, Chingwen Cheng

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

5 Scopus citations


This article provides an overview and insights of challenges, potentials, and recommendations of teaching and applying Participatory Design (PD) in design education including the students' point of view through studying a case - a Master of Landscape Architecture studio course in Arizona State University, U.S. Students collaborated with Mo'ili'ili community members in Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S. for two semesters, to co-design the renovations of Old Stadium Park through three phases of PD process - field study & listening; community engagement workshop (50+ people); and pop-up design conversations (100+ people). This research illustrates the challenges of integrating PD in design education, which includes uncertainty and flexibility, funding, trust-building, time management, access to diverse knowledge centers, research ability, and communication hurdles. As well as implications and recommendations such as encouraging students to be flexible; embracing uncertainty; making explicit learning goals; leaving comfort zones; improving communication and organizational facilitation skills; and utilizing research ability for better trust-building with communities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationExploratory Papers and Workshops
EditorsChiara Del Gaudio, Leonardo Parra-Agudelo, Rachel Clarke, Joanna Saad-Sulonen, Andrea Botero, Andrea Botero, Felipe Cesar Londono, Felipe Cesar Londono, Paula Andrea Escandon Suarez
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781450377003
StatePublished - Jun 15 2020
Event16th Participatory Design Conference: Participation(s) Otherwise, PDC 2020 - Manizales, Colombia
Duration: Jun 15 2020Jun 19 2020

Publication series

NameACM International Conference Proceeding Series


Conference16th Participatory Design Conference: Participation(s) Otherwise, PDC 2020


  • Community engagement
  • Design education
  • Environmental design
  • Participatory design
  • Real-world complex issues
  • Service-learning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Software


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