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26 Jul: Community-based co-design in Okomakuara – A contribution to ‘Design in the wild’

PDC 2014 Workshop: 4th of October 2014 8h30-16h30 Contact: Gereon Kapuire gkapuire@nust.na Abstract Although the wider motivation and principles of Participatory Design (PD) are universal its concepts and techniques are highly contextual. Community-based co-design is a variation of PD, where processes are negotiated within the interaction. Thus this workshop gives participants the opportunity to validate their own conceptualisations, techniques in-situ application against a selected Herero community’s evaluation. Besides a day of new impressions and thoughts we intend to record the discussions and present a shortened video at the conference.   Rationale The objective to hold such a workshop is to provide a firsthand opportunity to a number of participants to discuss principals of PD and to explore methods with a rural community in Namibia. A secondary motivation is to create a platform to share experiences and best practices among participants on the application and conceptual adaptations of PD values and techniques within a community context. Moreover a currently under-represented topic of discussion is a broader understanding of how communities perceive and benefit from participatory design other than the product designed.   Context The location of the workshop will be in Okomakuara, a village in the Ovitoto communal area, which is…

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26 Jul: Design in the Wild – Participatory Designers meets community

One of the biggest highlights in the history of design in Namibia was the Participatory Design Conference held on the African continent for the first time. This was a long awaited event as it put Namibia and especially the Polytechnic of Namibia on the map with other researchers in participatory design. Gereon Koch Kapuire, Colin Stanley, Heike Winschiers-Theophilus, Shilumbe Chivuno-Kuria from the Polytechnic of Namibia, Kasper Rodil from Aalborg University and McAlbert Katjivirue from our local industry, organised a workshop as part of the conference. The title of the workshop was “Community-based co-design in Okomakuara. A contribution to design in the wild”. The workshop ran over a whole day. The organising committee with the participants, Daniel G. Cabrero from the University of West London (United Kingdom), Judith Gregory from the University of California-Irvine (United States of America), Margot Brereton from Queensland University of Technology (Australia), Teresa Macchia from the University of Trento (Italy), Vincenzo D’Andrea from the University of Trento (Italy), Jacob Madsen from Aalborg University (Denmark), Daniel Ploeger from the University of London (United Kingdom) departed to the village on the 4th of October 2014. Upon arrival to the village, our direct link to the community, McAlbert welcomed us…

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26 Jul: 3D Modeling co-design sessions at Erindiroukambe

A trip to Erindiroukambe (our research site) was scheduled for the weekend of the 16-18th October. The team which consisted of Gereon Koch Kapuire (team leader), Michael Chamunorwa (honors student) and Donovan Maasz (honors student) who departed for Erindiroukambe late on Friday evening. The two students spent the major part of the journey implementing final touches to the prototypes they wished to test. Arriving early Saturday morning, there was not much time to rest, after a short nap and some breakfast, the team set about planning the day’s schedule. They all agreed that three sessions would be held with willing community members. Again, the first participant was not difficult to find, Alex participated in the first session for both student’s. The second participant was an elder lady who lives a few homestead away from where the team were based. In addition to the elders, two youth were also selected to participate in the last session to find out the differences in perception etc between the elders who are knowledge elders and the community youth who depend on them. During this trip, the team had an opportunity of observing a cattle branding activity as it happened, one of the students found…