Written for the RIBA, this piece of guidance sets out the principles of good community engagement that is seen as central to the design process rather than a nice to have or tick box exercise. Evidence and experience drawn from participatory design practice points to the fact that a collaborative design process done well not only engages local people in the design of the built environment that they experience everyday, but can also lead to better and more sustainable projects, and a more collaborative and positive process of change.
The guide features inspirational projects that put user engagement at the heart of architecture and landscape projects including:
Castleford Bridge in West Yorkshire
Spa Fields in Islington
Homes for Older People in Camden
The guide is available to download here.