Sheppard Robson releases publication on Co-creation

14th August 2020

Edited by Sheppard Robson, Ideas on Co-creation: Listening, Trusting, Communicating, Empowering, Advocating, is study into co-creation and how heightened engagement can lead to positive changes in the built environment. The publication offers a contribution to the wider industry, unpacking what it means to co-create, while presenting stories, lessons and principles for putting people and communities at the heart of the design process.

Ideas on Co-creation provides a space where the process of listening takes centre stage, and seeks to address the question, “How can we push engagement further?” The publication collates together views on co-creation and engagement from prominent industry thinkers, with a wide cross section of built environment voices that includes, architects, clients, community members, council representatives, developers, planners, and more, such as Rachel Cooper OBE, Distinguished Professor of Design Management and Policy, Lancaster University; Martyn Evans, Creative Director, U+I; Peter Murray, Curator in Chief, New London Architecture and Mayor of London’s Design Advocate; and Sarah Cary, Executive Director Place, Enfield Council.

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The editors of the publication, Dan Burr, Rosie Havener and Peter Dye, said: “Ideas on Co-creation offers a clear argument for advancing how architecture currently undertakes engagement processes, and while engagement processes like co-creation may not be the norm, the publications suggests how we may be able to collectively envision and create a different future for the profession, one that truly connects with communities and the environment.

Co-creation presents a clear path forward for architecture, rooted in dexterity and a willingness to adapt to the needs of society. The principles and lessons presented in Ideas on Co-creation reinforce the notion that design that responds to societal need is always relevant, offering some clarity through turbulent times past, present or future, and noting that by advancing processes of co-creation that centre on communities and the environment, architects can move beyond the role of simply designer, to conductor of more ethical development.”

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