| Catalogue of training and information tools on community participation in human settlements |
WRITTEN BY: GERMAN MORENO
PRODUCED BY: ENDA AMERICA LATINA Y FUNDACION PROCO, BOGOTA, COLOMBIA, 1987.
AVAILABLE FROM: PROCO, DIAGONAL 60 NUMBER 23-64, BOGOTA, COLOMBIA, APARTADO POSTAL NUMBER 51611.
NUMBER OF PAGES: 62
This short booklet is divided into four parts. Part one is a social drama using colloquial language which depicts a typical conversation between two architects and a family living in one of the low-income neighbourhoods of Bogota who wish to build an extension to its house. The dialogue covers the design discussions and the decisions which the family takes with the guidance of the architects. The aim of the socio-drama is to highlight some of the issues which arise in participative planning and the role of the architect in this process. The socio-drama could be performed in training sessions with architects or community groups, followed by a discussion with the participants about the issues raised in the presentation. Part two discusses general aspects of participatory design which would provide the trainer with some background information on the topic to compile notes for a discussion session with a training group. Part three discusses the process of participatory design, based on the experience of PROCO over a period of five years directly working with communities. It shows how ongoing dialogue between a particular community and technicians improved the quality of housing by absorbing the creativity of the participants. The final section is a proposal on how to go about implementing participatory design, including the necessary steps and tools.
This short booklet would be a valuable resource for architects and social workers who wish to rethink their roles and responsibilities.