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dc.creatorHasdell, P-
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dc.titleMiaoxia Village - building a sustainable communityen_US
dc.typeDesign Research Portfolioen_US
dcterms.abstractThe research, initiated and led by Peter Hasdell (as Insitu -Project), spanned four years and involved 7 researchers, over 100 participants , from 4 universities, including 7 workshops and 2 internships.-
dcterms.abstractThe collaborative project with designers and social scientists revitalizing a rural commu-nity in Miaoxia Sichuan China used a combined action research and participatory design approach. The project involved extensive research and in -depth engagement with villagers.-
dcterms.abstractThis resulted in a body of work comprising 6 co-designed and constructed works (com-munity kitchen, guesthouse, community waste treatment, square, community guest-house, social enterprise and garden), 2 social enterprises, 3 book chapters, conferences, 4 colloquia and 5 exhibitions.-
dcterms.abstractMiaoxia village research involved collaboration between the disciplines of Social Sciences and Design. The combined social design methodology used Action Research to create new ‘software’ (social enterprises , new community groups) and Participatory Design to create new ‘hardware’ (new buildings, improved infrastructure) through extensive and protracted engagement with the rural community in Sichuan.-
dcterms.abstractThe research aligned social and design change towards sustainable development and increased resilience in the community. The key research focus was how collaborative approaches can positively impact long-term rural development, generating resources, capacities and capabilities as local knowledge ecologies and tools of social innovation. In-depth engagement with villagers involving co-design / participatory design processes led to the implementation of 5 new community facilities and amenities and the parallel development of villager-run social enterprises (cooperatives) to manage and benefit from these. Benefits from these enterprises are shared supporting community health, education and wellness. The work combines non-traditional outcomes (design, exhibitions, craft based research) with traditional research outputs.-
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