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Title:
Negotiating Matters - Supporting Agonistic Pluralism in Community Planning
Author:
Maja Frögård: Konstfack, Stockholm, Sweden
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Year:
2016
Conference:
Service Design Geographies. Proceedings of the ServDes.2016 Conference
Issue:
125
Article no.:
041
Pages:
495-499
No. of pages:
5
Publication type:
Abstract and Fulltext
Published:
2016-05-17
ISBN:
978-91-7685-738-0
Series:
Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings
ISSN (print):
1650-3686
ISSN (online):
1650-3740
Publisher:
Linköping University Electronic Press, Linköpings universitet


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There is no goal for public consultation in community planning, there are several conflicting ones, using Chantal Mouffes model of democracy to acknowledge the conflictual nature of democratic politics, not striving for consensus but agonistic pluralism. Our work builds on experience from co-design workshops we held in Upplands Va¨sby concerning a conflict between politicians, civil servants and citizens. Seeing the workshop as a space of agonism, an arena for different positions to meet and negotiate, we as designers work with form and material to support the different interests. We suggest three categories to consider when crafting this agonistic space; perspectives, format and material. Acknowledging the complexity of planning, no longer striving for consensus but to keep the negotiation alive, is a starting-point for understanding the different conflicting interests and together create ways of working well with wickedness through making more sensible judgements.

Keywords: negotiation, matter, agonistic pluralism, co-design, public consultation

Service Design Geographies. Proceedings of the ServDes.2016 Conference

Author:
Maja Frögård
Title:
Negotiating Matters - Supporting Agonistic Pluralism in Community Planning
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Service Design Geographies. Proceedings of the ServDes.2016 Conference

Author:
Maja Frögård
Title:
Negotiating Matters - Supporting Agonistic Pluralism in Community Planning
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