Think Play: Using Grassroots Move­ments as Educational Opportunities

Emma Gieben-Gamal, Sonia Matos

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Abstract / Description of output

This paper will present a design project that was delivered as part of the University of Edinburgh’s Innovative Learning Week program in 2013. Our aim was to engage our students with a grassroots movement and to give them experience of real community needs in times of austerity as well as introduce them to some of the issues facing communities and the designers working with them. The project, Think Play, invited students to work on behalf of a Primary School’s Parent Council group to respond to the school’s plans to re-design the playground, and to propose potential design solutions for the space. The paper will explore the practical, pedagogical and ethical implications of instigating productive collaborations between the university and the general public to create a positive impact on real-world scenarios while drawing attention to the importance and relevance of design based research and practice.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCumulus Working Papers Dublin 31/13
Subtitle of host publicationMore for Less - Design in an Age of Austerity
EditorsLisa Godson, Alex Milton, Justyna Molik
Place of PublicationHelsinki
PublisherAalto University School of Arts
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)978-952-60-0066-4
ISBN (Print)978-952-60-0065-7
Publication statusPublished - 5 Mar 2015
EventCUMULUS Dublin 2013 - National College of Art and Design, Dublin, Ireland
Duration: 7 Nov 20139 Nov 2013


ConferenceCUMULUS Dublin 2013

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • Design
  • Education
  • Community Engagement
  • participatory action research


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