PROTOTYPING PUBLIC DESIGN EXPERIMENTS AS RESEARCH — THE PROJECT OF KIC SQUARE IN SHANGHAI
DS 82: Proceedings of the 17th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education (E&PDE15), Great Expectations: Design Teaching, Research & Enterprise, Loughborough, UK, 03-04.09.2015
Editor: Guy Bingham, Darren Southee, John McCardle, Ahmed Kovacevic, Erik Bohemia, Brian Parkinson
Author: Wu, Duan; Hu, Dongying
Institution: College of Design and Innovation, Tongji University, Shanghai, China
Page(s): 480- 486
This paper looks at fostering engagement in public space by design through two aspects — optional
and social activities in Shanghai KIC project. This collaborative project was developed by a team of
undergraduate and graduate students supervised by researchers and teachers from interdisciplinary
fields with the objective of encouraging more people to come and stay, enjoy and interact with the
space. This paper describes the process and the tools used to do the public design for KIC square.
Thinking about potential possibilities for a better use of the square, this project started with design for
activating public space and including theories of activities as a way to test and prototype the ongoing
outputs. Through the research and design process, two public design prototypes were built on the
square in 2013 and both got positive data and feedbacks from the users and the managers. The result
explores how design can improve the participation of users in public space.