Malmo University DESIS Lab

Design for Social Innovation and Sustainability (DESIS) Lab at Malmö University is hosted by K3. The Lab focuses on how design can be used to explore and raise discussions about societal challenges and it does so both through research projects and teaching activities.

The Lab is part of the international DESIS network that includes design schools from all over the world engaging with questions of social and environmental sustainability in their research and teaching activities.

From this week on, K3 blog will feature students’ projects and researchers’ activities focusing on design, sustainability and social innovation.

Contact: Anna Seravalli

Designing for Service

New book Designing for Service: Key Issues and New Directions with chapter by Anna Seravalli and Mette Agger Eriksen. 

Beyond collaborative services: Service design for sharing and collaboration as a matter of commons and infrastructuring

The notion of collaborative service was firstly used by Jegou and Manzini in 2008 to discuss how services based on a tight collaboration between providers and users and based on the sharing of material resources, knowledge and competences, could support the transition towards more environmental and social sustainable ways of living. Since then the attention towards services characterized by sharing and collaboration has been growing quite quickly in the (service) design field. Yet, they entail a number of questions in relation to how to design for them, as well as in relation to the collaboration between the designer and various other stakeholders. To navigate this rich complexity we propose the two notions of commons and infrastructuring, and we do that by reflecting on the case of designing a makerspace, Fabriken, a sharing-based collaborative service. We use the notion of commons as a framework to articulate the organizational forms and decision-making structures of these services as well as highlight some of the challenges they entail. Particularly, we focus on the challenge of openness, and how this might be addressed through the presence of a “partner”- a mediator that supports sharing and collaboration when participation is transient and participants have diverse interests. With infrastructuring, we want to provide instead a particular understanding of how these services may be designed highlighting how they require the alignment of both human and non-human actors, and an long-term effort that goes beyond the “design-time”, in the “use-time”. Infrastructuring is not solely driven by the designer but yet, the nature of these services require to carefully consider designer’s agenda.


The New Human publication is out

Metal Memos by Martin Farran-Lee
Metal Memos by Martin Farran-Lee

In late August last year, together with Moderna Museet Malmö, Medea and K3 organized the symposium The New Human. Temi Odumosu moderated and Susan Kozel was one of the presenters.

Now Medea has published The New Human collection on From K3 not only Susan, but also Martin Farran-Lee participates. You can find the whole publication, including a short introduction by Bo Reimer here:

Medea Vox: Restoring Lost Voices of History

The voices that are represented in history are the voices of the elites. How can we restore lost voices and open up new perspectives on history? This Medea Vox episode is a conversation between Carolyn Steedman, professor of history at University of Warwick, and Magnus Nilsson, professor at K3.

Magnus Nilsson is also a guest in the first episode of the new podcast Arbetarlitteratur. 

New Research Networks

Earlier this week the vice-chancellor decided to grant funding for twelve new research networks at Malmö University. Researchers from K3 are involved in six of twelve of the networks:

  • Digitalizing Society
  • Conviviality at the Crossroads, coordinated by Oscar Hemer
  • Alternative Future Making, coordinated by Per-Anders Hillgren (read more here)
  • Hållbart boende, urban förnyelse och social rättvisa — HUS
  • Migration, urbanisation and societal change (MUSA): Dimensions of politics, space and social justice
  • Demokraft – ansökan om stöd till forskarnätverk vid Malmö högskola kring Demokrati och dess motkrafter


Culture and Sustainability – New Episode of Medea Vox

Culture can be a tool for change across boundaries. In this Medea Vox episode, we’re discussing culture in regard to sustainable urban development. What role can culture play? Can we look at culture as a dimension to—or a pillar of—sustainability that is equal to environmental responsibility, social equity, and economic viability?

Asko Kauppinnen, senior lecturer in English at K3, is one of the guest in this episode of Medea Vox. Read more here.