Case study 8: DWELL Co-design process

DWELL  – designing for well-being in environments for later life

DWELL Co-design process

Publication date: 2018open book with title part 1 aspirations
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This part of the DWELL project website summarises the participatory co-design research methods with local residents from neighbourhoods in Sheffield over the 2014 – 2016.

Key features of the process

  • Semi structured interviews where residents not able to attend groups.
  • Home visits allowing residents to demonstrate how they use their
    homes. Photography, sketch drawings and audio recordings were all used to document particular issues.
  • Residents recruited to co-design groups who over a number of sessions developed ad design brief.
  • Monthly group discussions looking at project and allied issues.
  • Walking and mapping neighbourhoods in company of residents to produce annotated map of issues using photography.
  • Visits to housing schemes for co-design groups
  • Co-design workshops to produce series of visions using drawing and model-making techniques.
  • A design review and wider public engagement.

The case study will offer useful tools for anyone looking at specific work with dementia friendly communities, equality groups and wider engagement to achieve greater community engagement.

Download the document here.

To obtain a copy in an alternative format or language
Please write to:
DWELL Project
University of Sheffield
School of Architecture
Arts Tower
Western Bank
Sheffield S10 2TN

Telephone: 0114 22 20399


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