The Bartlett


Inclusive Spaces: Participatory design and diversity

15 September 2021, 1:00 pm–2:00 pm

TEXT: The Bartlett Inclusive Spaces

Join us as we explore how the co-design of public spaces in areas affected by displacement and conflict can promote inclusivity and redress unequal power relations.

This event is free.

Event Information

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The Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment

This lecture will explore a collaboration between The Bartlett and CatalyticAction, which developed a methodology for dealing with diversity and unequal power relations in the co-design of inclusive spaces, in areas affected by displacement and conflict.  

Using a case study of how this methodology has been implemented in a Lebanese town bordering Syria, our speakers will present both the academic reflection on the process of co-designing inclusive public spaces in these contexts, as well as providing a more practical overview of the methodology.   

We will also present a new handbook for the co-design of inclusive educational and public spaces in displacement contexts developed as a result of GCRF-funded project.   

The event will be a lecture followed by Q&A session.

About the Speakers

Dr Andrea Rigon

Associate Professor at The Bartlett Development Planning Unit

Andrea is an Associate Professor at the Bartlett Development Planning Unit. His professional and research work focuses on how power relations affect the participation of different people and social groups in decision making processes. Andrea is editor of Inclusive Urban Development in the Global South: Intersectionality, Inequalities, and Community (Routledge), and a founder and board member of the Sierra Leone Urban Research Centre and the Chair of CatalyticAction. 

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Joana Dabaj

Founder at CatalyticAction

Joana is a Lebanese architect, and the co-founder of CatalyticAction, an NGO charity that works to empower vulnerable children and their communities through participatory built interventions. She holds a MSc in Building and Urban Design in Development from the Development Planning Unit at UCL. Most recently, she worked closely with displaced and host communities in Lebanon to co-design inclusive educational and recreational places. 

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