Concretely, the project resulted in the following outcomes:

  • Traders Talk, an online discussion platform in extension to the TRADERS project, to engage art and design practitioners and researchers in critical reflection on participatory art and design in/for public space.
  • Special journal issue, Co-Design and the Public Realm
  • Book Trading Places: Practices of Public Participation in Art and Design Research.

During the project, TRADERS organized several public events. Each of these events allowed to research questions concerning participation in public space and/or specific methods. Gradually these public events served as a platform that allowed the six early stage researchers to share their research approaches and insights.

  • Kick-off symposium. Negotiating Public Space
  • Summer School. On participatory art and design and the public space
  • Autumn School. On the role of participatory art and design in the reconfiguration of work (in Genk)
  • Final Conference. Mediations – Art & Design Agency and Participation in Public Space
  • Open School. The city could be otherwise.

The six research approaches, their outcomes and continuation can be followed here:

  • Intervention
  • Play
  • Multiple performative mapping
  • Data-mining
  • Modelling in dialogue
  • Meta-framework/curating