Discovering Areas for Improvement on Inclusion through Design: Taking Gardening as a Worthy Topic for People and Design


In recent years, after the pandemic, a new order of values is affecting different aspects of life, which is changing priorities and forcing us to rethink the way we live. Awareness about different issues that were partially forgotten and affect the quality of life of the most vulnerable groups, is raising: healthy activities, the enjoyment of nature and open spaces have acquired a new value that requires design attention. This paper introduces an academic experience of inclusive design, through an open project focused on making more accessible in a broad sense, the knowledge and the practice of gardening through design. We aim to contribute towards rising gardening as a good practice for people from all ages and capabilities; and to challenge the students to define their own brief and user’s research methods, once they focused in a particular design project. Furthermore, from another perspective, these sort of projects may trigger good habits, contribute to increase the knowledge about caring nature, and reach more healthy environments. Both approaches are suitable to face the environmental crisis and the need of generating greater awareness about it. The results obtained show how Design can contribute to the knowledge, creativity and appreciation of nature in an active way. First, a theoretical framework is presented to establish the basis of the topic. Subsequently, an establishment of the materials and methods proposed. Finally, a brief description of some results is presented depicting design areas and details of the improvements obtained in terms of accessibility and inclusion.


Marina Puyuelo Cazorla
Senior Professor, School of Design Engineering, Universitat Politècnica de València, Valencia, Spain

Ángeles Rodrigo Molina
Associate lecturer, Dep. Expresión Gràfica Arquitectónica, Universitat Politécnica de València, Spain

Arda Yazıcı
Visiting Profesor, ETSID, Universitat Politècnica de València, Valencia, Spain


Presentation Type

Paper Presentation in a Themed Session


Design Education


Design, Accessibility, Healthy Activities, Gardening, DesignThinking, User’s

Digital Media


Discovering Areas for Improvement on Inclusion through Design (pdf)