City Move Interdesign workshop | Swedish Industrial Design Foundation (SVID)

City Move Interdesign | collaborating organizations

Between 22 March – 03 April 2009, MovingCities participated in the City Move Interdesign workshop in Gällivare, Sweden. A two week workshop made in a partnership with Icsid, the Swedish Industrial Design Foundation (SVID) and the community of Gellivare, on project about relocating people and societies.
The project ambition is to look at socially responsible design methods to create new spaces for people, and is part of the Icsid Interdesign workshop series .

An interdesign is a two-week workshop where an international team of industrial designers and professionals from other disciplines come together to work collaboratively on a predetermined issue of regional and/or international significance. A host country identifies a particular problem specific to their country whose solution is applicable in other international contexts. Since the first interdesign workshop in 1971, Interdesign themes have ranged from being purely product design to opening discussions on general topics.

The City Move Interdesign workshop attempted “to develop creative solutions for a serious problem” with following objective:

In the northern part of Sweden the mining industry continues to expand and, in certain areas, the ground is crumbling under entire cities. This poses enormous challenges to the survival of such cities and may force their populations to relocate. But is it possible to relocate whilst safeguarding and transferring parts of, or entire societies? How can this be done effectively? This is the challenge set for City Move Interdesign.

It is believed that better solutions to the challenges of moving societies can be achieved by using modern design methods. City Move Interdesign will be the 45th Icsid Interdesign Workshop. (An Icsid Interdesign is a two-week workshop where an international team work collaboratively on a predetermined issue of regional and/or international significance. A host country identifies a particular problem specific to their country whose solution is applicable in other international contexts. Since the first Interdesign workshop in 1971, Interdesign themes have ranged from being purely product design to opening discussions on general topics.)

Workshop timeline
21 April 2008: Application details and preliminary program available
31 July 2008: Application period closes
30 September 2008: Notification of acceptance to participants + preliminary program
31 October 2008: Final acceptance deadline
31 December 2008: Detailed program sent out
22 March – 03 April 2009: City Move Interdesign

From our temporary location above the Arctic Circle (North Pole)……. we posted on the progress of the workshop.

See the SVID City Move Interdesign invitation flyer (page 1 + page 2) or for more information visit the website of the Swedish Industrial Design Foundation.

City Move video


City Move Interdesign – how to move a city? | YouTube_4 march 2009

How to move a city? Between March 22 and april 4 the City move Interdesign workshop gathers 40 professional designers, architects, city planners and artists in Malmberget in Gellivare to find solutions to a global problem. In Gellivare, as in many places around the world, people have to leave their homes. In Gellivare the reason is the expanding mine. The result of the workshop will be used as a base for City Move Innovation Center, where Swedish and international specialists can exchange knowledge and experiences.

City Move: participation

City Move Interdesign gathered 40 professionals from 17 different countries (SVID recieved 200 applications) those “hoping to take design into new fields and hopefully become a specialist in this new area”.  See the full participants list of the workshop here: SVID City Move Participants_15 march 2009

City Move: participants links

City Move: other links

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    DOORS OF PERCEPTION REPORT – Design for resilience_4 july 2008

    Is it possible to re-locate a city? This is the challenge set for City Move Interdesign, an international workshop in Gellivare, Sweden next year. The project will look at ways to create new spaces for people in a more humane and creative way when homes, workplaces, tourist attractions and meeting places have to be left behind or relocated.
    + invitation.pdf (via svenskatecknare.se)

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