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Landscapes of practice: Bricolage as a method for situated design.

Shapiro, D. Z. and Buscher, M. and Gill, S. and Mogensen, P. (2001) Landscapes of practice: Bricolage as a method for situated design. Computer Supported Cooperative Work, 10 (1). pp. 1-28. ISSN 0925-9724

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Abstract

This paper proposes a `bricolage' approach to designing systems forcooperative work. This involves users, participatory designers andethnographers in a continuing cycle of design and revised work practice,often in settings where resources are limited and short-term results arerequired. If exploits the flood to market of hardware, software and services.The approach is illustrated with results from a project with a practice oflandscape architects. Their work is analysed in terms of communities ofpractice and actor networks. These perspectives help to identify the`socilities' of people and technologies and of the relationships betweenthem. They help to distinguish different forms of cooperation with differingsupport needs, opportunities and vulnerabilities. They inform the designof technical support, the assessment of outcomes, and the design of furthersolutions, in a cycle of `situated experimentation'.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Computer Supported Cooperative Work
Uncontrolled Keywords: actor ; networks ; bricolage ; communities of practice ; CSCW ; ethnography ; participatory design
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Sociology
Faculty of Science and Technology > School of Computing & Communications
ID Code: 3431
Deposited By: ep_importer
Deposited On: 14 Mar 2008 20:24
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 12 Dec 2013 11:51
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/3431

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