"Trading Places rethinks, develops, and tests design-driven practices and methods to engage with participation in public space and public issues. With this book we aim to help art and design researchers, students, practitioners, and the multiple stakeholders they collaborate with, to explore what participatory ways of working in our contemporary urban environment entail. Six approaches are discussed: intervention, performative mapping, play, data mining, modelling in dialogue, and curating. Each approach offers a different kind of logic and produces a different type of knowledge. Trading Places invites the reader to discover common ground, explore new territories, and exchange points of view in short, to trade perspectives on issues of participation.
"Over the last half-century, the frontiers of design have rapidly expanded within civil society. This book is an important contribution to the design field in which practice has arguably outpaced corresponding theoretical development. Contributors elucidate socially-engaged design and design research through multiple themes, lexicons, and examples. Designers, educators, and researchers will learn much from the critical and practical perspectives brought into dialogue within Trading Places."
Ramie Maze, Professor of New Frontiers in Design Aalto University, Helsinki"