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authors Büscher, Monika
year 2001
title Landscapes of Practice: Bricolage as a Method for Situated Design
source Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW) 10(1): 1-28; Jan 2001
summary This paper proposes a ‘bricolage’ approach to designing systems for cooperative work.This involves users, participatory designers and ethnographers in a continuing cycle of design andrevised work practice, often in settings where resources are limited and short-termresults are required.If exploits the flood to market of hardware, software and services. The approach is illustrated withresults from a project with a practice of landscape architects. Their work is analysed in terms ofcommunities of practice and actor networks. These perspectives help to identify the ‘socilities’ ofpeople and technologies and of the relationships between them. They help to distinguish differentforms of cooperation with differing support needs, opportunities and vulnerabilities. They inform thedesign of technical support, the assessment of outcomes, and the design of further solutions, in acycle of ‘situated experimentation’.
keywords Actor-Networks; Bricolage; Communities of Practice; CSCW; Ethnography; Participatory Design
series other
email m.buscher@lancaster.ac.uk
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