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A colleague turned to us for help designing a workshop in the Philippines.

Hi! I’m currently working with the Philippine government on a social housing program, in which we’d like to run a workshop where community leaders develop prototypes of their ideal housing structures for their communities, and in the context of maximizing a very limited budget.

When developing engagements with diverse populations, especially those untrained in design and design thinking, it’s important to create a foundation from which every person has an equal say. Here’s what we recommended:

  1. Define values + priorities. Start with defining values and priorities that become your checklist and a way to evaluate all the ideas.
  2. Create context. Define your family unit size, and the unit of space desired for each person/family—ie. use tape on the floor to show how much space that is; put full-size photos of families around the room.
  3. Define the community experience desired. ie. what does it feel like on the street—retail; residential; kids playing; schools, churches and work within walking distance…each has a set of features that makes these experiences happen.
  4. Ideate: Use what if statements do explore ideas and mock up spaces.
  5. Prioritize: Use a decision making framework to help prioritize and evaluate ideas.

Urban planning and social good resources:

  • Architecture for Humanity
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Project H