Co-drawing: a design methodology for collective action
Antje Steinmuller and Christopher Falliers
In the design of public spaces, collaboration with multiple stakeholders can promote the rethinking of architectural protocols and production processes. This study proposes ‘co-drawing’ – a design methodology that establishes frameworks for collective action, evolving development strategies and multivalent designs – as an alternative to conventional instruments, urban masterplans, community meetings and design guidelines. By producing collaborative drawings through carefully designed events in urban street spaces, architects and urban practitioners can engage citizens in participatory planning processes that blend professional expertise with the lived experience and local expertise of a community.
About Antje Steinmuller
Antje Steinmuller is Associate Professor at California College of the Arts, where she co-directs the Urban Works Agency research lab. Her research is focused on new typologies of urban commons, new forms of collective living, and the agency of design at the intersection of citizen led and city-regulated processes.
About Christopher Falliers
Christopher Falliers is partner/founder of ideal x design (2015–), u l a design (1999–), and Associate Professor of Architecture at California College of the Arts, San Francisco (2004–). His practice engages in architecture, public art design, urban research, temporary urban/community engagements, and environmental awareness and advocacy through creative practices.