Andrew Laidlaw & Andrea Proctor, Australia
Essential Tools for Good Community Consultation on Green Space
Burnley: Monday 12.45pm – 2.15pm ⇨ $95
Andrew Laidlaw and Andrea Proctor have been working together for 15 years, running complex consultation and design projects both internationally and for sites across Victoria including the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne, Kyneton Community Park, Patterson Park Metung and for numerous schools, community groups and health settings. During this time they have developed processes for managing projects with numerous stakeholders in complex circumstances.
We all know the difference well designed green space can make to people’s lives, but how do we ensure the design is appropriate and works for the people who use it? The Design process is a powerful problem-solving tool that needs to be inclusive and driven from a place of listening. A structured process that is equable can empower users, reduce tension between complex user groups and results in successful landscapes. A landscape which truly responds to its users will capture shared needs and desires, encourage community participation and ownership and be more sustainable – reducing the need for change and minimising waste. The challenge is for the designer to build trust with the different groups and to process the information, including other site analysis, to deliver a result that responds appropriately.
This workshop will look at how to facilitate a strong co-design process, where the designers work with complex user groups to develop a design which responds to the needs of all users and creates a landscape which works for everyone involved.