Interactive Scaffolding for Civic Design

To develop more inclusive solutions for communities, we need to create and support design processes that allow more people to get involved. Participatory design and related approaches have opened up design to more people, but still largely depend on co-located meetings that create inequitable barriers for participation. Our research explores how tools for remote collaboration can be adapted to support community-driven design practices by developing interactive scaffolding that helps novices think and collaborate more like experts. We develop web-based tools that encourage members to articulate design-related information and to reflect on the problems, solutions, and stakeholders explored by others in a community. Undergraduates and master’s students who are interested in getting involved, please email your resume and a short description of your experience with web development to Dr. Stephen MacNeil.