Acting from a participatory attitude in a networked collaboration

Stella Boess, Sacha Silvester, Elles De Wal, Onno De Wal

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We present a participatory process in the context of networked collaboration in the field of construction, and offer the concept of participatory attitude as having a key facilitating role in it. The concept is developed through reflexive narratives from the first five months of a sustainable renovation process. Characteristics of the participatory attitude identified here were sustained listening, bridging, demonstrating and eliciting. The attitude helped build mutual trust, which in turn engaged residents in reflecting on their everyday practices in relation to the future technical make-up of their home. Questions remain how well democratic aims were represented in the process. No residents were left behind, because system gaps were bridged.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPDC'18
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 15th Participatory Design Conference: Short Papers, Situated Actions, Workshops and Tutorial
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)978-1-4503-5574-2
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Event15th Participatory Design Conference, PDC 2018: The 15th Participatory Design Conference - Hasselt and Genk, Belgium
Duration: 20 Aug 201824 Aug 2018
Conference number: 15


Conference15th Participatory Design Conference, PDC 2018
Abbreviated titlePDC 2018
CityHasselt and Genk


  • Bridging
  • Demonstrating
  • Networked collaboration
  • Participatory attitude

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