Participatory design of educational tools for an educational garden
Creatively differentiate the use of metropolitan and suburban space is important to offer communities accessible and inclusive services. Reclaiming empty lots or organizing multi functional facilities can relief infrastructural shortage, while stimulating alternative educational, economic and social opportunities.
These insights kick started a Slow Food project for an educational garden built within a busy parking lot in the surrounding of Caserta, Italy. We were part of the project to help volunteers and teachers from local schools to refine their teaching tools for classes in the garden, as an experimental field to learn about sustainability, agronomy, science and humanities.
We ran demonstrations of the classes to understand and improve the experience of the physical space and what props and visual material was used in the activities.
Temporary Work Environment
We involved local universities in workshops to redesign the educational tools.
And we then reviewed the prototypes with the garden volunteer and produced higher fidelity version of them to be used directly in the programs with the schools.