MA Narrative Environments

ParticipatoryDesign

In Practice: with graduate Mariana Martínez Balvanera.

For this edition of our ‘In Practice’ interview series with MA Narrative Environments graduates, we hear from Mariana Martínez Balvanera, an independent spatial-social designer working between Amsterdam and Mexico City. Name: Mariana Martínez Balvanera Current role: I am an independent spatial-social designer half based in Amsterdam and Mexico City, working in the realm of community lead urban and rural placemaking projects (within the critical spatial

Museum of London: The Food Market.

Creating human connection in the food shopping experience… In preparation for the move from Barbican to Smithfield Market, the Museum of London has set up the Talking Points Gallery. They commissioned MA NE 1st year students, in collaboration with St Lukes Community Centre, to design an experimental, visitor friendly, provocative and participatory installation about food. The team

Debate: does user involvement create better designs?

Does participatory design lead to better buildings? How and why do architects benefit from a close collaboration with users during the design process? The third event in our Architecture and Citizenship season takes the format of a debate to understand whether getting the users involved results in better designs. Alum Carolina Caicedo of The Decorators