Participatory Design of Space

(Course in Academic Year 2018/2019)


  • Kristina Careva University of Zagreb
  • Rene Lisac University of Zagreb




participatory design, intense workshop, mediation, collaboration, small task realisation in 1:1


Complexity of the 20th century society, along with strong professions' specialization, led to separation between all participants in the developing processes, especially in public spaces design. Lack of cohesion and consensus along with poor communication between professions, citizens, government and business sector, resulted in new participative and interdisciplinary trends emerging in the 21st century to bring sectors back together. Students' education must follow these trends, as their orientation in shaping the desirable futures.

Elective course ‘Participatory design of space’ (POP) is planned as a faculty-based fieldwork workshop that gives students the opportunity to become acquainted with participatory methods in space design. In this way, the user's opinion is included in the cognitive fund when drafting the conceptual solution of a small-scale task in the public space or in any area of interaction. Students learn to identify and critically evaluate participatory content, to generate the conceptual level of planning — intent, to discuss it with users, to translate it directly and recognizably into a viable solution, to present it successfully, and to participate in the realization.

How to Cite

Careva, K., & Lisac, R. (2019). Participatory Design of Space: (Course in Academic Year 2018/2019). EAAE Annual Conference Proceedings, 192–197.



Author Biographies

Kristina Careva, University of Zagreb

Assist. prof. Kristina Careva PhD MArch graduated in 2002 and defended her PhD dissertation ‘Architectural model of space for interdisciplinary research in art and technology’ in 2012. She teaches at the Faculty of Architecture in Zagreb after working in architectural offices in Croatia and Finland. The focus of her interest are interdisciplinary action and participatory methods in design as one of the social sustainability insurers. She leads ‘City Acupuncture’ initiative from 2009.

Rene Lisac, University of Zagreb

Assist. prof. Rene Lisac PhD MArch works at the Faculty of Architecture in Zagreb. He was a head of Zagreb Society of Architects, where he leads ‘City Acupuncture’ initiative. Together with his PhD thesis ‘Guidelines system for sustainable campus planning’, his research interests are focused on sustainable planning, participatory planning methods, ‘quadruple helix’ processes, planning of public spaces, sustainable strategies, traditional and contemporary construction in mountain areas.


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