Participatory Design through Photography

By Maria Inês Lourenço.

Published by The International Journal of Visual Design

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Based on a theoretical/practical approach, this project focuses on the creations of and interactions between teenage photographers and the populations of three different communities within the Lisbon, Portugal, metropolitan area. The photographers tried to create works that not only depict their communities and cultures, but also reflect their own identities. From a social inclusion perspective, the work of these photographers will hopefully facilitate communication within society as a whole. This paper’s objective is to present these communities to people who do not live there, to allow underprivileged teenagers to express themselves through the art of photography, and to focus on their work as embodiments of the social and economic realities of their communities. This study, still a work-in-progress, is part of a larger Ph.D. dissertation that is theoretically based on the concept of inclusive museography according to a broader view and is supported by an urban sociological frame of reference.

Keywords: Participatory Design, Social Inclusion, Photography

International Journal of Visual Design, Volume 9, Issue 1, March 2015, pp.15-21. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 221.893KB).

Maria Inês Lourenço

Ph.D Student in Design and Researcher, Collaborator Member of CIAUD - Research Centre for Architecture, Urbanism and Design, Faculty of Architecture - University of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal

PhD student in Design, Faculty of Architecture of the University of Lisbon and Collaborator Member of CIAUD - Research Centre for Architecture, Urbanism and Design. She is currently developing her dissertation in the area of Design. Her themes of interest are design, inclusion and accessibility, photography, museology, sociology, museology and communication.