ABSTRACT: This position paper frames our research approach to understand discursive design and social data in architectural processes. The research problem is that single actors’ specific interests often define development of public places, whilst a public sense of ownership often characterizes urban quality. We discuss how social data and the development of artefacts can address this issue by introducing the concepts of discursive design and speculative design in the architectural design process. We contribute to the design research (IS) as well as the discursive design traditions through the disclosure of the development process of Vika Terrace. In framing our study as discursive design, our primary goal was to design for a deeper understanding and awareness of the role of publics in design processes.
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