Welcome to a Design Thing!

The students and teachers of the Co-Design course invite you to a Design Thing about city making and democracy

A “Design Thing” is a hybrid of a democratic parliament and an experimental laboratory where participants collaboratively “make” decisions through exploring  matters of concern.

8th of November
9.00-12.00

STORM, Malmö University.

RSVP 2nd November to anna.seravalli@mah.se

During the course. we have been focusing on the areas of Kv. Spårvägen and Östervarn/Kirseberg, to explore together with local inhabitants, civil servants, NGOs, companies and other actors questions of: citizens involvement and waste minimization; and collaborative efforts in the planning and development of a former industrial area. 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.

/ The students and teachers of the Co-Design  course

 

 

 

 

Co-designing Malmö’s parking lots

Codesign in Malmö

While taking the course Co-design — Design, Participation, Democracy, five students dedicated themselves to exploring the topic of urban public spaces in Malmö.

Camila Mahzouni, Manuel Siegel, Szymon Sulka, Kamila Wnorowska, and Hyejoo Yoo looked at what public spaces are, how participation within these spaces works, and, crucially, what citizens expect them to be like. As a result of their project, the co-design students created a participatory platform and redesigned Malmö’s parking lots with it, concluding that public spaces can be turned into whatever they need to be.

Read more about students work here.

Read more about Malmö University DESIS Lab.

Reflecting on design, sustainability and social change #2

Malmö University DESIS Lab and MEDEA are producing a series of short interviews with design practitioners and researchers to explore if and how design can contribute to sustainability and social change in different contexts.

This second interview is with Yanki Lee  a social designer, design researcher and activist that has spent the past 20 years in designing creative participation for social inclusion and innovation. Yanki has been working in both European and Asian context.  She is the co-founder of the Enable Foundation in Hong Kong, a  non-profit social design agency with the aim to develop capacity training programs and projects on design thinking & doing and creativity with individuals, organizations from private and public sectors.

Reflecting on design, sustainability and social change

Malmö University DESIS Lab and MEDEA are producing a series of short interviews with design practitioners and researchers to explore if and how design can contribute to sustainability and social change in different contexts.

The first interview is with Sreejata Roy and Mrityunjay Chatterje, a two member team of an artist and a media practitioner based in New Delhi.  Their practices with regard to urban space are generally twofold. Through the projects, using and combining different media, they document the changes in the city and study how these changes affect peoples’ lives. They also explore, adapt and create spaces for public interactions and collective intellectual and creative practices.

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
storm.mah.se)

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.

Schedule:

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.