Participatory Design Conference PDC Places Tāmaki Makaurau

Participatory Design Conference (PDC) is a global venue for research involving people in the design, development, implementation and appropriation of technologies, artefacts, and services.

Through connection to place as the focus of exploration, PDC 2022 seeks to expand on the idea of the conference to places as points for local and worldwide connections. 

This year’s theme, Embracing Cosmologies: Expanding Worlds of Participatory Design, seeks to invoke a hopeful design of social justice that responds to multiplicity and relational interdependence. The conference will explore what it means to embrace cosmological approaches to participatory design. Visit the PDC 2022 website to learn more about the global conference.

Join us for PDC Places Tāmaki Makaurau

PDC Places Tāmaki Makaurau is part of the 17th biennial Participatory Design Conference. 

Based on tikanga of Participatory Design, PDC Places Tāmaki Makaurau brings together the Design Programme of the University of Auckland, the Auckland Co-design Lab (Auckland Council, The Southern Initiative), and Ngā Aho to share experiences on participatory and co-design practices with and by communities in the context of Aotearoa New Zealand.

The online and kanohi ki te kanohi face-to-face events will explore and connect these hosting organisations and community groups, leading their kaupapa and transforming realities through whānau-centred design (people, environment, and place). 

PDC Places Tāmaki Makaurau runs from Monday 22 to Thursday 25 August. 

Learn about the events coming up and save your spot below.

Ngā Aho Kōrero

Monday 22 August, 5pm

Format: Online (Zoom)

Presented by: Ngā Aho members.

The first event of PDC Places Tāmaki Makaurau brings stories from Ngā Aho - gathering indigenous practitioners and nurturing networks through whakawhanaungatanga - relationship building and supporting opportunities for knowledge exchange and reflection between tuākana (senior) and teina (junior) practitioners.

Ngā Aho is a national network of Māori design professionals who come together to support each other to better serve the design aspirations of Māori communities. 

Taiwhanga Rangatahi @ Te Paataka Koorero o Takaanini – an experience

Tuesday 23 August, 5pm

Format: In-person, Takaanini Library and Community Hub

Presented by: Taiwhanga Rangatahi - Auckland Co-design Lab.

Te Taiwhanga Rangatahi - Auckland Co-design Lab, hosts an experiential session at Te Paataka Koorero o Takaanini. Join us in person to get a sense of what it means to be in their practice, putting wellbeing at the heart of what they do. Te Paataka Koorero o Takaanini is carefully chosen as an example of what place-based institutions can look and feel like and is a perfect location for a warm, youth-driven, place-based participatory design experience.

Te Taiwhanga Rangatahi is a youth-led group working alongside The Southern Initiative (TSI). They help address community issues and find solutions using indigenous design thinking. They have been exploring what it means to co-navigate with their community in their journey transitioning from high school toward future aspirations.

Connecting in place @ Te Waka Tūhura

Wednesday 24 August, 5pm

Format: In-person, Design Studios, City Campus

Presented by: University of Auckland Design Programme team.

The Design Programme at Te Waka Tūhura, Elam School of Fine Arts and Design aims to foster a whānau of practitioners and researchers seeking to contribute toward a new era of purpose-led design.

Join us to celebrate the launch of our kawa (values) and explore connections in place with our design community.

Kōrero: How does connection to Place impact our participatory design work in Tāmaki Makaurau?

Thursday 25 August, 5pm

Format: Online (Zoom)

Presented by: Dr Penny Hagen and Angie Tangaere from Auckland Co-design Lab, Desna Whaanga-Schollum from Ngā Aho, and Ayla Hoeta and Dr Diana Albarrán González from the Design Programme at the University of Auckland.

Join us online for an insightful conversation exploring the role of place in the context of Tāmaki Makaurau and its influence on participatory and co-design approaches.

The discussion brings together the Design Programme at the University of Auckland, the Auckland Co-design Lab (Auckland Council, The Southern Initiative), and Ngā Aho.

Contact us

For any  enquires please contact Dr Diana Albarrán González at