On infrastructuring

We  found this interesting Brazilian researcher (Miguel Said Vieira) who gave a keynote in a recent conference on the commons with the tile “New Infrastructures for Commoning by Design” which rings a bell of similarity to ours 🙂

Since some people have asked what do we mean with the “infrastructuring” in the title we are adding this note here. When deciding the title of the seminar we are inspired by this line of work (all linked to digital information systems and media):


  • Star, S. L., & Ruhleder, K. (1996). Steps Toward an Ecology of Infrastructure: Design and Access for Large Information Spaces. Information systems research, 7(1), 111–134.
  • Star, S. L., & Bowker, G. (2006). How to Infrastructure. In L. A. Lievrouw & S. Livingstone (Eds.), The Handbook of New Media – Student edition (pp. 230–244). Sage Publications, Inc.

recent work:

  • Björgvinsson, E., Ehn, P., & Hillgren, P.-A. (2010). Participatory Design and “Democratizing Innovation”. In Proceedings of the 11th Biennial Participatory Design Conference (pp. 41–50). New York, NY, USA: ACM. doi:10.1145/1900441.1900448
  • Björgvinsson, E., Ehn, P., & Hillgren, P.-A. (2012a). Agonistic participatory design: working with marginalised social movements. CoDesign, 8(2-3), 127–144. doi:10.1080/15710882.2012.672577
  • Björgvinsson, E., Ehn, P., & Hillgren, P.-A. (2012b). Design Things and Design Thinking: Contemporary Participatory Design Challenges. Design Issues, 28(3), 101–116. doi:10.1162/DESI_a_00165
  • Karasti, H., & Syrjänen, A.-L. (2004). Artful infrastructuring in two cases of community PD. In Proceedings of the eighth conference on Participatory design: Artful integration: interweaving media, materials and practices – Volume 1 (pp. 20–30). New York, NY, USA: ACM. doi:10.1145/1011870.1011874
  • Pipek, V., & Wulf, V. (2009). Infrastructuring: Toward an Integrated Perspective on the Design and Use of Information Technology. Journal of the Association for Information Systems, 10(5). Available online http://aisel.aisnet.org/jais/vol10/iss5/1

We look forward to elaborate this more in the coming months!

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