The aim is to investigate how dialogue planning can provide users and professionals with
tools for learning and be a path to organizational development in the context of design and
construction of a town square and a sports hall adjacent to a K-9 school.
Design and construction was carried out in collaboration between a municipality, a building
contractor, school staff and students. A model for dialogue planning using artistic practice
and collaboration with an artist was applied to develop an authentic dialogue. An architect
and an artist were project managers. Their role was to support students to formulate interests,
needs and creative solutions. Awareness of the complexity of planning was developed.
Students’ participation had major impact on the design of the town square. With support,
students can give a qualified contribution, significant for design of physical environment.
Students’ involvement contributes to the learning of professional partners. Learning takes
place primarily at the horizontal level around the students. Learning can be seen vertically
among representatives of the school and community. Among building producers horizontal
learning can be seen with entrepreneurs directly facing students.
Skövde: Avdelningen barns, ungas och vuxnas lärande, Högskolan i Skövde , 2012. Vol. 6, no 1, 12-29 p.