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.
Showcased in: Social Innovation Summit Malmö
My role in the project:
- Field research;
- Ideas and concept;
- Physical building;