Chalmers Conferences, Transvaluation: Making the world matter

'Together' in Creative Process. Alternative making of values with children
Maria Patsarika, Rosie Parnell, Jo Birch, Masa Sorn

Last modified: 2015-08-18


Supported by a Leverhulme Trust fund, a research project exploring creative interactions and dialogue between children and spatial designers in the design process becomes the platform for challenging conventional environments of knowledge making and exploring alternative topoi for shaping research cultures and values through a dialogical, transversal approach. This provocation paper problematizes the politics and structures of architectural research councils and funding bodies, whose efficiency-driven monoculture arguably spills over onto research approaches, the establishment of (design practice) values and the appropriation of knowledge. Findings of our Leverhulme-funded research propose ‘acting otherwise’ (Petrescu 2012), ‘acting together’ (Sennett 2012) in the creative design process, valuing difference and diversity in lay (children’s) and expert (design professionals’) exchanges and thus offering the conditions for reciprocal learning and cooperative ‘worlding’.


research funding culture; child-designer collaboration; worldling; together; design practice values


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