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.

Working-Class Literature(s) – New Book

Professor Magnus Nilsson is the co-editor to the new book Working-Class Literature(s).  Read more about the book.

The aim of this collection is to make possible the forging of a more robust, politically useful, and theoretically elaborate understanding of working-class literature(s).

These essays map a substantial terrain: the history of working-class literature(s) in Russia/The Soviet Union, The USA, Finland, Sweden, The UK, and Mexico. Together they give a complex and comparative – albeit far from comprehensive – picture of working-class literature(s) from an international perspective, without losing sight of national specificities.

By capturing a wide range of definitions and literatures, this collection gives a broad and rich picture of the many-facetted phenomenon of working-class literature(s), disrupts narrow understandings of the concept and phenomenon, as well as identifies and discusses some of the most important theoretical and historical questions brought to the fore by the study of this literature.

If read as stand-alone chapters, each contribution gives an overview of the history and research of a particular nation’s working-class literature. If read as an edited collection (which we hope you do), they contribute toward a more complex understanding of the global phenomenon of working-class literature(s).

Forskningens hantverk – New Book

New book Forskningens hantverk by professor emerita Inger Lindstedt published by Studentlitteratur. The book is a guide through the different steps of conducting research aimed for bachelor and master students. 

Vad är egentligen forskning? Vad gör en forskare och hur bedriver man forskning? I Forskningens hantverk beskriver och förklarar författaren hur man på ett effektivt och praktiskt sätt kan arbeta med sin egen forskningsuppgift, från allra första början fram till färdig uppsats, rapport eller examensarbete.

Boken tar pedagogiskt upp alla steg i forskningsprocessen från problemformulering till resultatredovisning. Att forska handlar i grunden om några enkla saker: undersöka ett bestämt och väl avgränsat problem, arbeta systematiskt och metodiskt, ärligt redovisa kunskaper och idéer som kommer från andra, ärligt redovisa vad man gjort och hur, redogöra för resultaten, analysera sina resultat och till slut presentera dem för sin läsekrets i form av text. Arbetsprocessen för forskning lägger grunden för det systematiska arbetet och gör det möjligt att kunna dra slutsatser av de resultat man fått.

Forskningens hantverk vänder sig i första hand till studenter inom grundutbildning, magister- och masterutbildning vid universitet och högskolor.

New Article in Architecture and Culture

New article by professor Maria Hellström Reimer in the latest issue of Architecture and Culture. 

Playing the Green Card – The Commodifying Fiction of a Derivative Jardin-Forêt

With the point of departure in the Bibliothèque nationale de France (BnF) – site François Mitterand (Dominique Perrault, 1989–95) and more specifically its central but inaccessible jardin-forêt, this essay problematizes what has been described as the neoliberal shift in architecture and urbanism. The BnF and its garden-forest has been interpreted as a last breath of modernist urbanism and welfare ideas. Yet, rather than dismissing this Grand opération as a tardy spasm of modernism, it is perhaps more productive to consider the ensemble an exponent of the derivative, or spin-off, spatial logic currently sustaining the fiction of urban fertility and growth.

Read full article here.

Co-Design in Co-Production Processes

New article by Anna Seravalli, Mette Agger Ericsen and Per-Anders Hillgren have been publiched in CoDesign- International Journal of CoCreation in Design and the Arts.

Co-Design in co-production processes: jointly articulating and appropriating infrastructuring and commoning with civil servants

Anna, Mette and Per-Anders have been part of the research project URB@exp during the last years.

About URB@exp
European cities face complex economic, social and environmental challenges. To address these challenges, cities seek new approaches. A currently popular approach is urban labs (Living Labs and City Labs), in which local governments engage in solving problems together with other stakeholders in urban development. However, clear guidelines are needed concerning types of problems for which urban labs are most suited and how urban labs can best be organized and integrated into formal local government organisations.

The URB@Exp project aims to develop such guidelines by reviewing experiences of urban labs, and conducting action research in urban labs in five European cities.



Flykting 532

The short movie Flykting 532 will be aired on Swedish television June 9 (SVT1 19:00). Martin Hennel, lecturer at K3, has worked with the sound design together with Claus Lynge.