Participative Laboratories for the Co-Production of Public Space: Redefinition of Social Meaning
This paper provides an outline of a study of the development of new strategies for an integrated process for the design of public space using participative laboratories. The laboratories involved experts, elected representatives and lay citizens in multi-cultural and interdisciplinary discussion throughout the design process, and opened the dialogue from technical considerations to social issues. The intention of this experience was to evaluate the capability of a local project's dynamic to enhance the social and urban development. The political will to experiment with participative laboratories on such a scale in France recognises the evolutionary progress of society, from modern to post-modern, from representative to participative democracy.