Sweden, Umeå, Rådhustorget, the heart of the city is in the
process of being redesigned.
Designing how to enhance citizens' participation in the making of
this new space and designing the qualities of the in- teractions
that the space will trigger.
With this one-day workshop, we will propose designerly ways to
generate material value through citizen participation. The purpose
is to envision, through systems and spaces, ways for citizens to
engage with and relate to the city centre and symbolic heart, so
that it serves them, supports their initiatives, fosters
creativity, and pleasurable and construc- tive co-living and
collaborations, both locally and non.
Within their everyday practice, designers are increasingly engaging
with societal and political challenges. This unique opportunity
will give you the possibility to work with experts, both from
cultural institutions and from design research and education, with
broad experience in designing for societal transformation. It will
ask you to produce concepts and physical hypothesis for an
assignment that will have consequences in reality. The outcomes
will be further refined and, thanks to the collaboration with the
Municipality of Umeå, proposed for implementation in the city.
Workshop: June 15th 2014, 9.30 - 16.00
Presentation and discussion: June 19th 2014,
Applications' deadline: June 6th 2014
Umeå Institute of Design, Red Room
Caroline Hummels, professor of Theory of Design at Designing
Quality in Interaction Group, Dep. of Industrial Design, Eindhoven
University of Technology
Ambra Trotto, senior researcher at Interactive Institute Swedish
ICT and senior lecturer at UMA, Umeå
Pierre Levy, assistant professor at Designing Quality in
Interaction Group, Dep. of Industrial Design, Eindhoven Uni-
versity of Technology
Tara Mullaney, PhD Student at Umeå Institute of Design.
Eindhoven University of Technology
Interactive Institute Swedish ICT
Umeå Institute of Design
Umeå Capital of Culture