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Foresight Walks: An exploration into new forms of public engagement through experiential futures

Calayo, Jaime and Siu, Macy (2017) Foresight Walks: An exploration into new forms of public engagement through experiential futures. [MRP]

Item Type: MRP
Creators: Calayo, Jaime and Siu, Macy

Cities are facing growing uncertainties on how public spaces should be designed, particularly because traditional urban planning and stakeholder engagement methods are no longer sufficient in addressing the complex needs of an increasingly diverse citizenry. This study explores a new public engagement method called Foresight Walks, which aims at realizing the considerations of complex multi-stakeholder groups through immersive, audio walking tours that take participants through alternative futures of public spaces. Foresight Walks integrate and address gaps within the practices of walking, experiential foresight, and speculative design. The method was prototyped in a case study on the futures of suburban shopping malls. Insights were gathered on how walking through physical environments, while listening to a story from the future can help create the perceptual bridge for experiential foresight practices to better encourage visioning and critique of the futures of public spaces. Learnings gathered bring value to the realms of stakeholder engagement, foresight practice, and design research.

Date: 20 December 2017
Uncontrolled Keywords: social practice art, community engagement, public engagement, public space, futures studies, foresight, experiential futures, speculative design, critical design, design research, design fiction, narrative, storytelling
Divisions: Graduate Studies > Strategic Foresight and Innovation
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Date Deposited: 17 Jan 2018 21:45
Last Modified: 20 Dec 2021 22:45
URI: https://openresearch.ocadu.ca/id/eprint/2145

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