Democratic Design in the Pacific Rim
The 2nd Conference of the Pacific Rim Community Design Network
Saitama, Japan. June 1999
The network participants joined each other for the second time in Saitama, Japan in 1999. Altogether, 24 papers were presented, including 9 from USA, 6 from Taiwan, 8 from Japan, and 1 from Hong Kong, all of which shared important, findings, experiences, challenges and struggles of community designers. In the final wrap-up session of the conference, ten key themes were identified as fundamental and common issues facing community design practices: form creates or follows culture? Native wisdom or imposing values? Vision and participatory process; social context; design methods and skills; institutionalization of NPOs and paper politics; politics and democracy; and citizen autonomy. In the practice and process of community design, there are struggles, conflicts, and challenging situations among stakeholder including local people, government officials and community designers themselves. Sometimes, the power politics, apathy and antipathy of stakeholders can be exhausting, but we can be revitalized and encouraged by the experiences of community designers elsewhere.
Organizer: Yoshiharu Asanoumi, Setagaya Machizukuri Center, with support from Dohi Lab.