Welcome to a Design Thing on Democracy and the City

The students and teachers of the course in Co-Design would like to invite you to a Design Thing, an event to debate and imagine together how to create a more inclusive and sustainable Malmö.

The Design Thing will be held on the 2nd of November between 9.00 and 12.00 at STORM (Malmö University Gäddan  Cittadelvägen 7,  211 18 Malmö

During the last 10 weeks, we have been engaging a number of stakeholders and people in Malmö in a common journey exploring how to create a more inclusive and sustainable city. During this journey, we found different opportunities and issues about how people, civil servants, companies, NGOs and other organizations could work together in addressing challenges related to public spaces, sustainable mobility, urban planning and zero waste in Malmö.

On the last day of the course we would like to engage you in a Design Thing around some of the insights we gain along the way.


9.00  –   9.10 Welcome
 9.15  –   9.45 Public Spaces
 9.50  – 10.20 Sustainable Mobility
10.20 – 10.35 Break
10.35 – 11.05 Urban Planning
11.10  – 11.40 Zero Waste
11.40  – 12.00 Closing discussion

You are welcome to join us for as long as you can!

Please sign up at latest on the 27th October to anna.seravalli@mah.se 

Looking forward to thinging together!
The students and teachers of the Co-Design course

Background information:

The course  Co-design: design, participation and democracy  provides students with a practical and critical understanding of how to work with participation and citizens’ engagement in relation to societal issues. Particularly, this year the focus has been on expanding how participation and plurality might be at play in creating more sustainable and inclusive cities, with particular focus on the themes of public spaces, sustainable mobility, urban planning and zero waste.
The goal was both to learn about co-design as a hands-on approach to participation; as well as explore how participatory approaches can open up for new understandings and opportunities around these themes.

The format of the Design Thing aims at sparking debate about a specific issue. It is inspired by the ancient Nordic “Ting”, a gathering where issues relevant for the communities were addressed. The Design Thing tries to move beyond the traditional discussion and rather explore how more performative formats might provide more generative and inclusive ways to debate and “make” decisions.