Social innovation entails new services, products, practices that address issues of social and environmental sustainability. In the last years there has been a growing interest of how design can be at play in supporting the flourishing and development of social innovation. What is the contribution that design approaches can offer to social innovation? And what are the limits of such approaches? And what may the role of the designer be in such projects? These questions will be discussed in relation to the development of the co-production project ReTuren, an upcycling station in Malmö.
Cities of Homefullness is a project of Swedish and Australian artists, designers, architects and housing researchers whose research traverses urban planning, creative and welfare based interventions into homelessness and social and affordable housing in Sweden and Australia. The Homefullness researchers combine expertise in urban planning, social work, co-‐design, socially engaged art, urban and graphic design and architecture, and housing research. The project aims to identify, articulate and design residential communities which promote the opposite of homelessness – affordable, sustainable housing and community living including the creation of environments and effective support for social wellbeing. As such, Cities of Homefullness will research, imagine and plan for new modes and thinking about housing in the early to mid 21st Century.
The 28th of April we will invite interested to meet this research group to discuss and elaborate how the concept of Homefullness potentially could make sense in the city of Malmö? This might be seen as relevant not at least because the severe challenges Malmö is facing regarding how to providing homes for a rapidly increasing population. A challenge that has gained a new dimension through the extensive refugee streams that has entered into the city during 2015.
The seminar och workshop is collaboration with School of Arts and Communication, RMIT Melbourne and the School of Social Work at Lund University. Contact Per-Anders Hillgren (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information, last day to sign up is 14th of April.