Rethinking Participatory Design: Where is the D? How to Open Design for Participation


We invite to an open seminar with Yanki Lee (Hong Kong/London) Wednesday 13th December from 9.00 – 10.30 at KADK, Building 90. Room 90. 3. 15. Fabrikmestervej 6, 1435 Copenhagen K. Dr Yanki Lee is the co-founder of Enable Foundation, a non-profit social design agency, working on a government-funded design experiment with aim to train young design students to immerse themselves into old age and co-create with senior citizens to develop an alternative model for ageing innovation on specific: Fine Dying/Dementia Going/Productive Ageing of our future selves.

Yanki Lee @ ISU_small

Short bio: Dr Yanki Lee

Co-Founder of Enable Foundation, a new social design agency in Hong Kong supported by SIE Fund. Dr Lee received her MA in Architecture from the Royal College of Art (RCA) and a PhD in design participation from Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

Yanki worked as a Research Fellow at the Royal Collage of Art’s Helen Hamlyn Centre for designing social inclusion since year 2000 and founded a social design agency, EXHIBIT at Golden Lane Estate CIC, in London. In year 2013 she was invited by the Hong Kong Vocational Training Council returning to her hometown to set up the HKDI DESIS Lab after she received RCA Honorary Fellowship, China-UK Fellowship of Excellence and British Council’s Alumni Award for her works in social impact, design research and social innovation.

Contact: yankilee [at]

About Eva Brandt

Eva Brandt is Professor in Social Design at Design School Kolding since May 2019. Eva is scientific leader of the Lab for Social Design. The main part of her research is about how designers can stage open design processes (design labs based on participatory design/codesign) with many participants who both can inquire into existing practices and explore possible futures in common. She also contributes to theorizing about experimental design research driven by programs and experiments. She has been contributing to several books such as Design Spaces (IT Press, 2005), Rehearsing the Future (The Danish Design School Press, 2010), XLAB (The Danish Design School Press, 2011), Facilitating Change – Using Interactive Methods in Organizations, Communities and Networks (Polyteknisk Forlag, 2011), and Routledge International Handbook of Participatory Design (Routledge, 2013). Practice Based Design Reseach (2017). Ledelse og samskabelse i den offentlige sektor (2018). Eva has been chairing the Nordic Design Research Conference in 2013, and are chairing the Nordes 2021 too.
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