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Title: Miaoxia community kitchen : a socio-material approach towards rural sustainability
Authors: Hasdell, P 
Ku, HB 
Kuo, JY 
Issue Date: 2019
Source: In KWM Siu & YL Wong (Eds.), Practice and Progress in Social Design and Sustainability, p.1-28. Hershey, PA, USA: IGI Global, 2019
Abstract: The collaborative research in rural Sichuan involved two disciplines: the applied social sciences and spatial design and their research methodologies and action research provided the “software” as community engagement and social organization and the development design “hardware” outcomes through participatory design processes. This resulted in a community kitchen that enabled villagers to develop social enterprises and collective organizations. The outcomes produced greater cohesiveness and self-organization, helping to rejuvenate a stagnant village. The repositioning of design within dynamic social processes as a socio-material assembly or as design together with its social attributes, expands the idea that the participatory design can be a complex adaptive system of knowledge generation. This has broader implications in outlining how collaborative social design approaches positively impact sustainable rural development, generating an understanding of resources, capacities, and capabilities as local knowledge ecologies, and tools of social innovation and change.
Publisher: IGI Global
ISBN: ISBN13: 9781522541837
ISBN10: 1522541837|
ISBN13 Softcover: 9781522588528
EISBN13: 9781522541844
ISSN: 2330-3271
EISSN: 2330-328X
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-4183-7.ch001
Rights: Copyright © 2019 by IGI Global. All rights reserved.
The following publication Hasdell, P., Ku, H.B., Kuo, J.Y., “Miaoxia Community Kitchen: A Socio-Material Approach Towards Rural Sustainability”, in Practice and Progress in Social Design and Sustainability, Ed. Siu, K.W.M., Wong, Y.L., IGI Global, Hershey, PA, USA, 2019, pp 1-28 is available at
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