Tracing Shanghai Participatory Design Workshop, 27 December 2020

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10:00am until 5:00pm, December 27 2020


Putuo Youth Cultural Centre,

The Event

Researchers from the ‘Tracing Shanghai’ project group collaborated with the Putuo Youth Cultural Center, to conduct a series of participatory design workshop activities to discover answers to these questions. The workshop extended previous research into Shanghai’s Architectural Heritage undertaken for the Tracing Shanghai project (see the short animation immediately below) and was guided by the following questions.

What role can everyday life stories play in emotional expressions of local community? How can graphic elements from the townscape be applied to innovative design for the promotion of place?

Shanghai Architectural Heritage / Graphic Redesign of Shikumen by Huiqi Yang


The purpose was to explore how co-design methods could contribute to ideas for ‘Putuo Gifts’ based on the local history and culture of Caoyang New Village in the Putuo District of Shanghai.

The workshop was organized in two parts. In the morning, participants visited Caoyang New Village History Museum, where the museumcurator introduced the history of Caoyang New Village development, sharing the stories about local communities. This laid the foundation of knowledge for the second part of the day through workshop activity.

The workshop was divided into four groups consisting of researchers, teachers, designers, local community residents, to undertake problem sharing and brainstorming about local culture. Each group identified one theme that provided content for a subsequent design stage, providing a source of creativity and development for the final production of a ‘Putuo gift’.




A full report (English and Chinese) about the event can be located on pp 96–103 of the Repositioning Graphic Heritage report (below). Download the full report as PDF.


Facilitators: Dr Johnny Xu (Loughborough University), Dr Zhang Xueqing (Tongji University)