At a conference where almost every speaker has been concerned about the delay of getting academic research into practice. One proposed solution is open access. No doubt there are other ideas.
The problem is that the research-into-practice paradigm is wrong.
The way to handle practice is not to see it as the receiver of new knowledge but to involve it in the production of new knowledge. In other words to “co-create”.
Won’t this be a burden on practices? Not if the research takes place as part of the project. Not if there’s a culture of working this way.
This is not an academic proposal. This is the way we operate at Space Syntax. We know it works.