1Introduction

1.1 What this Book is About

This book is about people.

It offers guidance to designers on consulting with local communities and enabling their meaningful participation in projects. It starts from the premise that any participation programme can and should be thought of as a research project, and as such should be carried out with a research mindset and methods. So it aims to get designers to think more like researchers and to implement some research basics to improve the quality of community participation.

Greater methodological rigour in participation programmes makes for more people-centred design processes, whatever the scale or nature of ...

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