Designing urban smart furniture for facilitating migrants' integration : the co-design workshop as approach for supporting inclusive design

Rinaldi, Alessandra (University of Florence, Italy) ; Caon, Maurizio (School of Management Fribourg, HES-SO // University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland) ; Abou Khaled, Omar (School of Management Fribourg, HES-SO // University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland) ; Mugellini, Elena (School of Management Fribourg, HES-SO // University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland)

European cities are changing due the immigration of people from different cultures. There are many issues related to the integration and dialogue between cultures. Urban design plays a key role in how migrants participate in their host community and it is an important driver for the inclusion process. Facilitating the participation of residents in designing public spaces and their use helps to create a better sense of belonging. Promoting in public spaces the interaction of different cultures becomes a crucial element to facilitate social cohesion and living together. The research project explores an innovative approach in the use of public spaces, through the design of smart urban furniture. Based on a survey of the user’s needs, and on co-design activities, the project investigates innovative solutions for facilitating migrants’ integration and the dialogue between different cultures, through the design of innovative urban furniture, with smart technologies embodied inside. The project, based on the co-design approach of rapid prototyping, creates different kinds of new interaction among urban space and people, and between users of different social or cultural background. The results presented in this paper, were conducted by the research unit of the University of Florence, in cooperation with the Human Tech Institute and the School of Management of the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland.


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Faculty:
Economie et Services
School:
HEG-FR
Subject(s):
Design
Publisher:
Cham, Springer
Date:
2018-08
Cham
Springer
Pagination:
Pp. 461-470
Published in:
Proceedings of the 20th Congress of the International Ergonomics Association (IEA 2018) : volume VII: ergonomics in design, design for all, activity theories for work analysis and design, affective design
Author of the book:
Bagnara, Sebastiano ; (ed.) ; University of the Republic of San Marino
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ISBN:
978-3-319-96070-8
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