Playful Public Design by Children – The research project culminated in a publication launched on 29 October 2021 at the School of Design, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University.
Public Design is the conception and realization of new things for all in the space with public access to social activities. Children are an important group of public design users but their voices and ideas are seldom considered.
1,023 children (aged 3.5 to 18) participated in the design research project. They applied design thinking to solve problems in the real-life setting of Shing Mun Country Park. Through on-site observation and visual research, children explored the research site with their senses – sight, sound, smell and touch.
They participated as researchers and designers of public facilities and spaces. Children learned critical thinking through participatory design and critique. Inspired by nature and design thinking, children experienced constructive creativity as they participated in public design.
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The research project culminated in a publication launched on 29 October 2021 at the School of Design, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
29 October 2021