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I Spy with My Little Eye: The power of visual facilitation in participatory processes

Format: Papers, RSD12, Topic: Architecture & Planning, Topic: Methods & Methodology

Marianne Lind and Franziska Gläser

Observations of an illustrator and a landscape architect

This paper aims to investigate how visual techniques can improve collaboration and foster participatory design processes, ultimately leading to sustainable change. The authors propose that utilising various visualisation techniques can lead to improved solutions for future challenges that require collaboration across different fields. Drawing on their combined 20 years of experience, one as an illustrator and the other as a landscape architect, they emphasise the benefits of visual facilitation that stem from their personal experience and preference for visual thinking and making sketch notes. By exploring the cognitive aspects and the potentials found in visual thinking, the authors aim to shed light on the valuable contributions of visualisation in facilitating effective collaboration and driving innovation in multidisciplinary contexts. The authors have chosen graphic recording and gigamapping as two co-creating methods to discuss the benefits and drawbacks of these visual methods and provide a deeper understanding of how visualisations can enrich systems oriented design processes. Using these two examples, they want to motivate system oriented designers not only to enrich their processes with visualisations but also to recognise the strong influence of such methods in co-designing processes to promote collective idea generation. This paper will explore the extent to which visual thinking techniques can support collaborative and participatory processes in systems oriented design.


KEYWORDS: Facilitation, visualisations, participatory processes, collaborative work

RSD TOPIC(S): Methods & Methodology, Architecture & Planning




Citation Data

Author(s): Marianne Lind and Franziska Gläser
Year: 2023
Title: I Spy with My Little Eye: The power of visual facilitation in participatory processes
Published in: Proceedings of Relating Systems Thinking and Design
Volume: RSD12
Article No.: pre-release
Host: Georgetown University
Location: Washington DC, USA
Symposium Dates: October 6–20, 2023
First published: 30 September 2023
Last update: no update
Publisher Identification: ISSN 2371-8404
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