The Empathy Building in Design Student through the Community Activity

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Aracha Krasae-in
Pravuthd Yamyolngam

Abstract

Empathy is an important quality of the designer because it leads to better acquiring information and understanding the problems and circumstances of users and stakeholders of the design works, and delivering the designs that truly solves problems. Besides, for the practice of design in class assignments, the out-of-curricular activities could be an alternative way to improve empathy in the design students. This study uses the interview with the university students participating the Vernacular Art and Culture Voluntary Activity by the Faculty of Architecture, Kasetsart University. An interview has shown the results that the activity could be able to create empathy from their parts of the conversations including the realization of the situations that each community is facing with, and the emotional expressions toward the situations, which could confirm that the volunteers have empathy within themselves. The study has demonstrated that the community activity can be used and developed as a method to create empathy in the design students.

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