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Fictional inquiry : an alternative process to inspire creativity in children's co-design projects

conference contribution
posted on 2013-01-01, 00:00 authored by Leilei Xu, A Wong
Children's creativity is a valuable resource for architectural design, and attempts have been made throughout the world to involve children in the design process of their environments. Previous children's co-design projects often followed a problem solving process, however, this process has limitations in stimulating children's creativity. Research has found that children's creativity is different to adult's creativity: Instead of creative problem solving skills, children's creativity is most evident in their imagination and originality of thinking. Addressing this issue, an alternative process in children's co-design projects was experimented: Fictional Inquiry. In this paper, two case studies are used to illustrate how the fictional inquiry process is applied in children's co-design projects.* These two projects were both joint educational projects between Deakin University and schools in Geelong and Melbourne. Through several weeks' of workshops, children and university architecture students worked in small groups to develop architectural design solutions. It was observed that creative design outcomes have been achieved in these two projects, which suggested that Fictional Inquiry was an effective process to inspire children's creativity. Applying the Fictional Inquiry process, Deakin University is currently working with another school in the Geelong Region, with the aim of achieving creative architectural design outcomes.



Cultural Ecology. Symposium (2012 : Geelong, Victoria)


124 - 133


School of Architecture + Built Environment, Deakin University


Geelong, Victoria

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Geelong, Vic.

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E1 Full written paper - refereed


M Lozanovska

Title of proceedings

Cultural ecology : new approaches to culture, architecture and ecology

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