Design with the feet: walking methods and participatory design

Anne Marie Kanstrup, Pernille Bertelsen, Jacob Østergaard Madsen


This paper presents an analysis of walking methods and their relation to participatory design (PD). The paper includes a study of walking methods found in the literature and an empirical study of transect walks in a PD project. From this analysis, we identify central attributes of, and challenges to, PD walks. Walking with people in the context of design is a natural activity for the participatory designer, who acknowledges the importance of immersion and relationships in design. However, the various intentions of walking approaches indicate an underacknowledged awareness of walking methods. With this study, we take a step towards a methodological framework for "design with the feet" in PD.

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