Participatory urban design and the utility of the repertory grid technique

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This Master's Degree Project examines the relationship between designer and patron in urban design history. It is hypothesized that modern societal forces have placed the users of urban design in the position of patron. The implication of this development is that systematic methods of involving the user in the process of urban design must be developed. A number of existing participatory design techniques are reviewed and reasons for the lack of their acceptance -- in practice – are discussed. The assertion is then made that, for genuine design participation to occur, an opportunity must exist for the patron/user to exercise influence in the urban design process. A correlative condition of this is that to achieve meaningful, and therefore satisfactory urban designs, the tastes, values, and perceptions of the user have to be consulted and respected. The Repertory Grid Technique is recommended as a useful means of achieving mutual influence between designer and patron/user. Collaboration, as defined by the proponents of organizational development, describes the transactional influence encouraged through this employment of the Repertory Grid Technique. Finally, the Repertory Grid Technique, and how it might be applied in urban design is demonstrated utilizing an actual design project undertaken by the City of Calgary. _x000D_ Key Words: urban design, design participation, personal construct theory, repertory grid technique
Bibliography: p. 125-134.
Cichacky, D. (1987). Participatory urban design and the utility of the repertory grid technique (Master's thesis, University of Calgary, Calgary, Canada). Retrieved from doi:10.11575/PRISM/24434