The “Research by Design” is a specific type of research committed to
support the strategic planning, development of products, services and
programs, conducted using means and media not usually considered by
traditional scientific research.
This method uses various approaches: considering different perspectives, for instance an ethnographic view of the territory, or involving actors normally ignored, for example by promoting the active participation of the community, or using field research to track down environmental and contextual factors that shape research and the methodology of the research itself. The key point of this type of research is that uses unconventional media such as sound recordings, videos and photographs, geo-referenced maps, concept maps and drawings. Data and conclusions are then translated into formats accessible and useful to all.
The “Research by Design” is used to explore, spatialize and display concepts and to make the new transitions in the field of urban planning more understandable. In fact, spatial planning struggles to keep up with fast changes in society and in climate change: for this reason we need to find new ways of relating and to imagine future visions that lead to a new spatial reality.