Adapting Design to Justice Values

2022 NACo Achievement Award Winner

Montgomery County, Md., MD

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About the Program

Category: Civic Education and Public Information (Best in Category)

Year: 2022

Traditionally, governance and policy have been an exclusive bubble that promised to create solutions for residents but failed to create a space for discourse and expression. More cities are challenging these conventional structures with design, data, and innovative methods to design with residents. We in Montgomery County Government are challenging our perceptions by bringing in creative residents to deconstruct problems and propose solutions as a part of our Design by People initiative. To build an educational relationship, we ask; what designers and residents might learn from local government? How can we bridge the gap between residents and governance through creative collaboration?

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