christian scott

Bio

i am a designer-researcher with Mutual Design (a social impact studio and strategy consultancy), and a PhD student. i write, i create, i (co-)teach, and sometimes i give talks and conferences. i study cities and people.

My expertise on participatory co-design methods comes from a decade of involvement with urban planning projects, social sciences research, social-environmental initiatives, community-building advocacy, and experiential learning methods and spaces.

i like challenges that create the conditions for understanding complex systems, identifying potentials for change and impact, and building/catalyzing collaborative processes among people—while keeping sustainability and justice in mind.

i hold a Master’s in Sociology from McGill University and am undertaking a PhD at Concordia University in Theatre, Urban Studies, and Design and Computational Arts—where i am a member of the Performative Urbanism Lab, and Technoculture, Art, and Games.

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Publications

i investigate urban phenomena through participatory action research, a method which emphasizes collective inquiry and experimentation grounded in experience and social history. Seeking to understand the world by trying to change it.*


Master’s research paper

on how urban collectives use creativity and innovation in/through DIY-urbanism.


Co-design handbook 

a community planning study case and action-toolkit on how to re-design a green space.


gentrifier, i

a research-creation project on urban gentrification, the role we play within, and materiality.


determinants of social protest in Mexico

a quantitative study to explore: why do people take to the streets?

Guerilla gardening zine

how to plant food in urban spaces.

Covidcene Journals

(aka correspondence/correspondance) is a research-creation project that addresses the social distancing measures and the changes to daily life resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic through the creation of a series of typewritten journal entries typed on March 2020. The Covidcene brings an opportunity to rethink the intersections of (socially engaged) art and public pedagogy. What are the considerations and implications of art-making and art-thinking during a global pandemic?

 

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