Design Methods in the Emergent City: Assemblage, Acts, Performance

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The paper seeks to define urban design in relation to the specific challenges of emerging cities.
Through a case study of Mudo Coletivos temporary structure, Bolha Imobiliaria, and the making of it, I wish to outline a design approach for urban design in cities lacking public spaces.
Urban design is understood in a broad sense, not as architectural design but as spatial design and artistic interventions in public space.
Through the paper I will address how the designer can co-create and reassemble existing urban spaces through design acts. The approach suggests a situated design methodology but is based on a theoretical understanding. It is my belief that the designer, by looking into the emergent properties of urban spaces, instead of its physical and cartographical outlines, can see her work as a processual intervention in the city rather than durable object design.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date9 Jun 2013
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 9 Jun 2013
EventNordic Design Research Conference 2013 - Malmö, Sweden
Duration: 9 Jun 201312 Jun 2013


ConferenceNordic Design Research Conference 2013


  • Design
  • urban design
  • Assemblage theory
  • Acts
  • Performance
  • emergent cities
  • temporary architecture
  • Situated design
  • Situated design methods
  • design research

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