Encouraging ‘young digital citizenship’ through co-designed, hybrid digi-tools

Nicholas Gant, Kelly Duggan, Tanya Dean, Josh Barnes

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This paper presents findings of a case study, co-design and constructive design research project which explores hybrid digital / physical methods and tools to engage young people in the design and planning of their neighbourhood. This sits within the context of radical changes in the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF 2011) and Localism Bill (DCLG 2011), which demand new levels of democratic participation in local decision-making and the collaborative design of place. It also tends to issues and theories of how communities (civic and academic) consider the use of digital / physical objects and processes in helping to cure the disengagement of youth in the local politic and developmental decision-making (Bachen, Raphael, Lynn, McKee & Philippi 2008, 2010 and Carpini 2000, Gant & Duggan 2013). The project explores the co-designing and making of hybrid digital / physical engagement and communication devices resulting in a ‘community techno-tapestry’. The case study demonstrates the communication value of physical digi-tools when seeking to both engage young people in envisioning their future neighbourhood and in mediating their ‘shared vision’ to the community and stakeholders. This research was funded by The Nominet Trust (2013-2014) Keywords:
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages13
Publication statusPublished - 24 Mar 2015
EventProceedings of the 2nd Biennial Research Through Design Conference, RTD 2015 - Microsoft Research HQ, Cambridge, UK, 25-27 March 2015
Duration: 24 Mar 2015 → …


ConferenceProceedings of the 2nd Biennial Research Through Design Conference, RTD 2015
Period24/03/15 → …


  • participatory design
  • co-design
  • social design


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