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The Mission: engaging Aboriginal Australian children in the redesign of community public spaces

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posted on 01.01.2020, 00:00 authored by Angela KreutzAngela Kreutz
‘The Mission’ is how children refer to their home in an Aboriginal community in south-eastern Queensland, Australia. And during an intensive 1-day co-design workshop, it was their mission to redesign their community which remains burdened by post-colonial and institutional structures after decades of government control. Meaningful participatory design research is evidenced worldwide, but this is far less common with Indigenous people. This chapter presents a case study that engaged Aboriginal Australian children in the redesign of public and shared spaces. This involved an assessment and rethinking of shared spaces using a mixed method approach including Photovoice, focus group discussions, interviews, and a co-design workshop. The methods used to engage children in design activities are detailed, along with their planning and design recommendations, and personal reflections on the participatory process itself. Furthermore, a number of guiding principles are presented that can assist individuals and organizations wanting to engage Indigenous children in co-design projects. These are relevant to Australia and other Indigenous communities in the world, where the trauma of colonial events continue to impact their everyday lived spaces.

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Title of book

The Routledge handbook of designing public spaces for young people processes, practices and policies for youth inclusion

Series

Routledge handbook

Chapter number

18

Pagination

289 - 307

Publisher

Routledge

Place of publication

London, Eng.

ISBN-13

9781138584921

ISBN-10

0429505612

Language

eng

Publication classification

B1 Book chapter

Extent

31

Editor/Contributor(s)

Janet Loebach, Sarah Little, Adina Cox, Patsy Eubanks Owens

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