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New developments and final reflections on the use of visual literacy and environmental evaluation for the participation of community groups in design

Romice, Ombretta (2000) New developments and final reflections on the use of visual literacy and environmental evaluation for the participation of community groups in design. GeoJournal, 51 (4). pp. 311-319. ISSN 0343-2521

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Abstract

Involving community groups in the design processes concerning their city or neighbourhood, can play a role in creating responsive environments and achieving a high level of satisfaction for communities. Interaction between clients and professionals is essential to encourage the resolution of disputes at the design stage rather than once actions have been taken, since their different roles and expertise could enrich the process of interaction. This study supports the idea of a form of participation based on research in environmental experience. Visual literacy is trained, and a combination of environmental assessment techniques and informative activities are linked to encourage community groups and professionals to work together on the generation and development of observational and analytical skills. The aim is to generate a structure for the involvement of local communities in urban renewal actions as an informed, organised and effective activity and then, to apply this approach in praxis.