The Design Lab plays an important role in participatory design – design of spaces and systems in which all stakeholders participate. Design labs can also be thought of as a specific type of meeting or workshop in which participants focus on a very specific design project. Labs (sometimes called “charrettes” in profressional design circles) are often required for designs involving schools, parks, community spaces, business spaces and land operated by non-profit organizations.
Design Labs can range from a few hours to several days. They also are only one part of a design process that can also include extensive research, assessment, analysis, surveys and interviews – all before the first draft of a design is every created.
What happens at a design lab?
- Design goals and visions are shared.
- Opportunities and benefits are identified.
- Potential obstacles or challenges are also discussed.
- Breaking out into smaller groups yields create approaches to meeting the goals and overcoming challenges.
- Key next steps are identified.
- Attendees become participants in the design process.
Contact us to check availability or discuss your needs. Our design students will also be shadowing and/or supporting the Design Lab work in order to gain valuable skills and enhance their educational experience with The Resilience Hub.