Other Names: Social Design, Public Design, Social Architecture, User-Led Design, Participative Architecture,
A service that combines social and technical disciplinary understanding to both the understanding and output of the required product or system.
Socio-technical support speaks to an approach of providing (design) support to an individual or group that simultaneously takes into account the human, social and organisational factors in relation to the technical dynamics and possibilities towards a set of needs or desires identified or requested by that user collective.
Socio-technical support in the built environment speaks to an approach that blends concepts and approaches of sociological disciplines with technical expertise of built environment practitioners, in order to better understand and respond to the physical built environment, which is fundamentally inter-linked with the people who regulate, design, construct and inhabit it. Although traditional design processes are inherently socio-technical, there is an endemic lack of focus or care in regard to the sociological side of contemporary design training and practice.
Examples of those who work through socio-technical support (around design) in the built environment.
Focus On: Design for Social Impact – Design Indaba
Social Design & Research – DSD Desis Lab
Social Design in South Africa – Arch Daily
Social Innovation & Enterprise – Bertha Centre
Social Design in Architecture – Arch Daily
The Socio-Technical Design of Technical Systems– Interaction Design Foundation
Socio-Technical Systems – Strategos
Architecture as Social Innovation – Future Architecture Platform
Social Architecture – Huffington Post
Social Architecture: Designing for People – Re-Thinking the Future
Design with the other 90%: Cumulus Johannesburg Conference Proceedings – Cumulus Johannesburg 2014
Bennett, J. (2018) ‘Design Praxis in a post-Rainbow Nation City: a reflection on the limits & opportunities of spatial design led service learning in South African cities’, in Through Local Eyes: Place-based approaches to emerging architectural, urban design and planning challenges in Africa and the Global South Proceedings. Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, ET: Université libre de Bruxelles.]
Van Niekerk, Willemien & Petzer, Engela & Ndaba, Dumisani & Pieterse, Amy & Rajab, Azra & Kruger, Tinus. (2015). Revising The South African Guidelines for Human settlement Planning and Design (The Red Book).
Recommend Reading List – LSE