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Practical Action as Inquiry: Facilitating Appropriation in a Design Handover Event

Matthews, Ben and Clark, Brendon (2005) Practical Action as Inquiry: Facilitating Appropriation in a Design Handover Event. In: European Academy of Design Conference , 29-31 March 2005, Bremen, Germany.

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Abstract

In this paper, we introduce a perspective informed by the social phenomenology of Alfred Schutz, emphasising the inherently practical nature of action in the social world. We detail several important respects in which this view stands in contrast to other (notably social-scientific) perspectives that seek to account for social action. We briefly present a case from our own design practice of a ‘handover’ meeting where we staged a boardroom activity intended to facilitate the client’s appropriation of the design proposal. This provides a concrete illustration for a discussion that articulates the utilities of adopting Schutz’s distinction between practical and scientific ‘attitudes’ for the study of design, opening avenues for practical action as a revealing form of inquiry into design practice.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
ID Code:5460
Deposited By:Brendon Clark
Deposited On:12 Mar 2013 12:32
Last Modified:14 Nov 2013 15:16

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