City Move Interdesign: Design for Creative Policy-Making
Topic of the practice
Socially responsible design methods to move the inhabitants following the risk of soil collapse of a mining city.
Good Practice Information
In Gellivare, a mining multiplicity in northern Sweden, the ground is collapsing underneath the city. The project City Move Interdesign was launched in order to find socially responsible design methods to move the inhabitants. A workshop brought together expertise from industrial designers and architects to psychologists and community members in a process to present proposals that responded to the needs of the population.
In response to the need to relocate the inhabitants of Gellivare, the design community sought to find socially responsible design methods in order to limit the impact of displacement on society and regional economies. The project City Move Interdesign was launched in partnership with the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (ICSID), the Swedish Industrial Design Foundation (SVID) and the community of Gellivare. A workshop was held in March 2009 which brought together the expertise of industrial designers, architects, landscape architects, social scientists, city planners, engineers, environmental specialists, artists, psychologists, students and community members in a creative process to present proposals that responded to the diverse needs of the population. The project will be co-financed by the municipal authority and the LKAB. The LKAB will also be the main sponsor of the world cup ski games in Gellivare in 2012.
The aim of the workshop was to produce a planning project based on the best proposals from a variety of expertise. Continuously improving the policy-making process requires one to build on past experience and to supplement it with new techniques and methodologies. If policy teams are seeking wider input, more informed policy and more creative dynamism, creative industry experts and design processes appear to be the mechanisms for realising innovation in policy-making. Design methodologies in policy-making could effectively align the ever-expanding nature of sustainability and innovation by facilitating interaction between diverse players.
Evidence of success
Following this workshop, the municipal authority of Gellivare formally decided to implement the planning project ‘New Gellivare’ to relocate the city. The workshop was integral in this decision for two reasons. First, by presenting a vast number of potential solutions, it became evident that the options were not limited to those initially envisaged by the municipal authorities. Second, as a result of stressing the need for closer collaboration between the municipal authorities, the local mining company (LKAB) and other stakeholders, the project will be co-financed by the municipal authority and the LKAB. The City Move Interdesign workshop used design techniques to engage a broad spectrum of stakeholders, which resulted in a more creative, citizen-orientated policy solution.
Contact details to obtain further information on the practice
Design Wales / UWIC
Annex completed on: 04-01-2011