In Lindängen with Lindängen

A collaboration with Malmö’s Framtidens Hus to support and design activities in the Lindängen community with a social innovation perspective.

As part of the course Design and Social Innovation of our IxD master course in Malmö University, we teamed up with Framtidens Hus (The Future House) situated in Lindängen, a neighborhood located in the south of Malmö. Framtidens Hus is an citizen service provided by Malmö municipality that encompasses different social services from employment assistance to civil society groups with the aim of addressing the very basic needs of vulnerable communities facing complex societal problems. Lindängen, in turn, is a community with a somewhat bad reputation in Malmö, known for drug dealing related issues. With a majority of immigrants living in Lindängen, the community has been a strong focus for social work promoted by, not only Framtidens Hus, but the Red Cross and local activists group (gatukraft).

For the course of 2 months, we worked very closely with the main social workers of Framtidens Hus to understand the infrastructure of the community (not only physical, but interpersonal) and what could we, as interaction designers, bring to the table that would be valuable to the community, and in such a short amount of time.

As a result, the project took 3 different paths:

  • 1: Working under the topic of “appropriation of space”, created an outdoor pizza oven together with the community;
  • 2: We built a physical map inside Framtiden’s Hus, so they can map their infrastructure;
  • 3:  We created a website for all of the academic students and professors to register and archive their work done with the Lindängen community.
Year: 2016
Showcased in: Social Innovation Summit Malmö
My role in the project:

  • Field research;
  • Ideas and concept;
  • Physical building;
  • Webdesign.

The pizza oven we built together with the community. Watch the video above to learn more about it.
The pizza oven we built together with the community. Watch the video above to learn more about it.
The map we designed and installed inside Framtidens Hus main meeting room.
The map we designed and installed inside Framtidens Hus main meeting room.
This is us removing the masking tape from the map we painted of Lindängen, together with our stakeholder.
This is us removing the masking tape from the map we painted of Lindängen, together with our stakeholder.
This is me painting the map of Lindängen onto the cork.
This is me painting the map of Lindängen onto the cork.
On our first visit to Lindängen, we were invited by our stakeholders to help them organize a spontaneous barbecue for the local citizens. We had the chance to present ourselves and talk to many people.
On our first visit to Lindängen, we were invited by our stakeholders to help them organize a spontaneous barbecue for the local citizens. We had the chance to present ourselves and talk to many people.
This was a mapping exercise we did with our stakeholders for the course of 2 days. The exercise was a direct influence on the construction of the physical map inside Framtidens Hus.
This was a mapping exercise we did with our stakeholders for the course of 2 days. The exercise was a direct influence on the construction of the physical map inside Framtidens Hus.
First hours of mapping exercise. The idea was to map the main players and social groups of the community, their relationships and activities.
First hours of mapping exercise. The idea was to map the main players and social groups of the community, their relationships and activities.
Second day of mapping exercise. The creation of the map was not only crucial to understand the infrastructure of Lindängen, but it generated A LOT of conversation with our stakeholders.
Second day of mapping exercise. The creation of the map was not only crucial to understand the infrastructure of Lindängen, but it generated A LOT of conversation with our stakeholders.
We did a similar mapping exercise with researchers from the K3 School in Malmö who have been working with projects in Lindängen for a couple of year.
We did a similar mapping exercise with researchers from the K3 School in Malmö who have been working with projects in Lindängen for a couple of year.
This is me creating the WordPress website for researchers and students to collaborate in the documentation of their projects in Lindängen.
This is me creating the WordPress website for researchers and students to collaborate in the documentation of their projects in Lindängen.
Our Pizza Oven project was showcased by Framtidens Hus in the <a href="http://sisummit.se/">Social Innovation Summit</a> in Malmö, 2016.
Our Pizza Oven project was showcased by Framtidens Hus in the Social Innovation Summit in Malmö, 2016.

 

 

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