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Children as 'Design Outsiders': Challenges and Opportunities
Opportunities for children to participate in decisions that affect their lives has been largely overlooked by prevailing adult planning priorities and agendas in cities. As young children are active social actors, experts in their own lives and capable communicators their views provide a unique and needed perspective on urban life.

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Jun 2, 2021
Enhancing Participation Options
While the Covid-19 pandemic has made certain participatory methods more difficult, the opportunities for online participation continues to develop with new technology. As Design Outsider aims to build an online community through the affiliated youtube channel, we consider what benefits and challenges such an approach can be for collaborators to share their thoughts and ideas.

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Feb 21, 2019
Embracing Complexity: The Need for an Interdisciplinary Approach
Many of the pressing challenges facing the world today are interconnected in nature and require a new awareness from designers and an appreciation of the critical role of 'design outsiders'. How do designers navigate this complexity?

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Jun 2, 2021
Reflections on the First Two Day Design
This week’s design outsider was Emily, a school teacher with a background in traditional and non-traditional educational environments. She was invited as a guest as the design challenge was to create a unique piece of play furniture.

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Feb 21, 2019
Why We Need Design Outsiders
Why are so many designers failing to meet the needs of people? This is the question we asked when reflecting on our collective interdisciplinary professional and educational experiences ranging from architecture, planning, urban design to education.

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Feb 21, 2019