A human-centered design process based

on conversations with urban pedestrians.


Methodology

 

City Walks:

Design Research Methodology

What is it about cities that attract more people to live in urban areas than in rural? Is it a city’s ability to provide a mix of old and new, functional and dysfunctional that allows for a metropolis to provide the network of connections that people crave?


This research methodology takes into account design, urban neighborhoods and how we relate to our environment. As a pedestrian in the city, I strike up conversations about how we respond and adapt to our urban surroundings. These discussions are documented in a video ethnography series, City Walks where I share stories about how people relate to their neighborhoods and community.


The resulting pilot business, The Urbanist SF is inspired by analysis of research data, iterative prototype testing and a continuous process of engaging in conversations with urban pedestrians.