New roles of designers in democratic innovation: A case study in the ingenuity of ageing

Yanki Lee, Kwok Leung Denny Ho

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This paper discusses a study of a group of retired academics that are actively ageing on their university campus in China. We worked with this group of ingenious older people and conducted a series of Creative Dialogues and Design Festivals to see how designers accomplish infrastructuring and mobilization in design participatory innovation for an ageing population. Inspired by the idea of the design process as Things and the concept of community-of-practice, we analysed how they design their lives. We found important new roles for designers in the critique of design ideology and the identification of utopian elements from the participants.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPDC 2012, Embracing New Territories of Participation - Proceedings of the 12th Participatory Design Conference
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 6 Sept 2012
Event12th Participatory Design Conference, PDC 2012 - Roskilde, Denmark
Duration: 12 Aug 201216 Aug 2012


Conference12th Participatory Design Conference, PDC 2012


  • ageing
  • democratic innovation
  • design
  • ideology and utopia
  • participation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Software


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