“Beyond mere design practice”

Going beyond simple ‘design practice’ and implementing a navigational framework that adapts itself to the changes within the building of STPLN. This is what the student group for STPLN, an open house for people with creative ideas/projects based in Malmö, set out to do. By implementing various creative ideas within the various spaces of building, the group managed to bring together the various users and actors of STPLN, as well as making the building more inviting for new users.

For the course Design for Social Innovation, Dennis Bücker, Judit Komáromi and Lisa Rausch from the K3 Interaction Design Master program carried out a two-month project in collaboration with STPLN. For their project, the group had the challenging task to make the space of STPLN more intuitive to navigate for new as well as recurring users of the building alike, and to showcase the different resources available in the different parts of the building, all by using visual tools.

By conducting an interview with Dennis and Lisa, I managed to gain more information about how the implementation of their visual navigational framework improved navigation within STPLN, how the implementation of various prototypes changed the relations between the users and actors, and finally, how the actors within STPLN have been further appropriating the ideas proposed within the group’s plan. Continue reading ““Beyond mere design practice””

“Hacking the rules in Lindängen”

To benefit the Swedish community of Lindängen by working together with them. This was what the project-group In Lindängen with Lindängen set out to do, and succeeded in. By working within, and most importantly wíth the community, the group explored how to support and further reinforce existing and possible collaborations between different actors and citizens in  Lindängen.

Implementing a pizza-oven within and together with the community of Lindängen

For the course Design for Social Innovation, Ana Barbosa, Erica Coria, Hannah Weiser and Mauricio Struckel from the K3 Interaction Design Master program carried out a social innovation project in the Swedish community of Lindängen. The project , called ‘In Lindängen with Lindängen’, has been carried out in collaboration with Framtidens Hus (Future House), a citizen service provided by the Malmö Municipality . Starting from the concern of how to move beyond the time-limited frame of project formats, they developed a time-line and a map to share information about previous and ongoing projects in Lindängen, moreover, they also constructed a public oven together with local people in Lindängen.

By conducting an interview with the group, I managed to gain more information about how the implementation of ‘the oven’ realized their goals, what the future holds for their project  after they left Lindängen, and how their project reinforced collaborations between the community of Lindängen and the various actors involved.

From left to right: Hannah Weiser, Mauricio Struckel, Ana Barbosa and Erica Coria 

“What are the different actors in Lindängen already doing, and how could possible project ideas take in consideration that the local actors could eventually become the ones maintaining those projects, or even become the ones conducting them?” This important question was at the basis when the group started working on various innovative ideas that were to ultimately benefit the community of Lindängen as part of their project. Continue reading ““Hacking the rules in Lindängen””