Taking Positions: Institutions and individuals in public sector design

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If recent decades have witnessed an expanded notion of design, here we explore such trends through the changing roles of public innovation labs and individuals within them. Recognizing the work of design scholarship in seeking to understand this influential and fast-changing field, we focus not so much on institutional form as on individuals doing design-led work in the public sector, whether or not they think of their work in terms of design. The paper draws on initial findings from ongoing work involving interviews and engagements with such labs in Latin America. We suggest approaching urban innovation labs with more attention to individuals within them, could helpfully illuminate the wider purposes and social consequences of innovation labs themselves.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNORDES 2019: WHO CARES?
PublisherNordic Design Research Society (NORDES)
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 2019
MoE publication typeA4 Conference publication
EventNordic Design Research Conference: Who Cares? - Aalto University, Espoo, Finland
Duration: 2 Jun 20194 Jun 2019
Conference number: 8

Publication series

NameNordic Design Research Conference
ISSN (Electronic)1604-9705


ConferenceNordic Design Research Conference
Abbreviated titleNORDES
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