FutureTense is a weekly half-hour podcast program aired on Australian ABC National Radio that takes a critical look at new technologies, new approaches and new ways of thinking. This week’s theme is “Urbanisation and our relationship with the city” and includes interviews with Adam Greenfield, Bert de Muynck, Professor Richard Florida and Dr. Tony Fry. Podcast now online!
With 38 participants hailing from 18 different countries, the City Move Interdesign Workshop attracted a wide variety of designers, architects, consultants, academics and artists from all stamps. A first introduction to the work of Gavin Baxter, Dia Batal, Tony Fry, Nikola Uzunovski, Aleksander Petrov and Lance Rake.
The second week of the City Move Interdesign Workshop mainly consisted of fine-tuning and structuring the concepts around which each group were working. After a week in which some groups tried to find a common ground (which not seldom led to meta-discursive situations in which the prime question was “how to talk about what we want to talk about”), there were short presentations, visits from the local community, interviews for local newspapers and productive pop-up performance in front of the camera. At times the sports arena in Malmberget (where the City Move Interdesign workshop took place) had the feeling of a laboratory, a prison, a showroom and television studio.
In search for a location where a new city could be build (in the context of City Move Interdesign Workshop), the Green Group went exploring the area North of Malmberget. On March 27, a 250 kilometers road trip to the border of the Gällivare and Kiruna region ended in the a small city called Svappavaara where another LKAB mine was found. LKAB is an international high-tech minerals group, one of the world’s leading producers of upgraded iron ore products for the steel industry and a growing supplier of industrial minerals products to other sectors.
There is a hole in the city of Malmberget. Since a couple of decades the underground mining activity created an expanding crater in the heart of this small city. Due to its growth, some drastic measures have been taken in the past; the population that once lived around the pit had to be moved, but not only people moved, but also their houses. Snail-wise (both in speed of relocation, decision making as in the form houses being moved by trucks) this process has hollowed the sense of community in this once pioneering mining city.
On Monday March 23, the City Move Interdesign workshop was launched. On our first day we were informed about the workshop assignment and undertook our first fieldtrip. Destination was the city of Malmberget and the mines that are hollowing out the grounds underneath its territory.
On Sunday March 22, all participants for the City Move Interdesign workshop gathered in Stockholms’ Arlanda airport. After a short introduction by Robin Edman, chief executive of the Swedish Industrial Design Foundation (SVID), the group entered a small airplane which took us from Stockholm Arlanda to Lapland Airport, the last one positioned close to the town of Gällivare. In this small city, located 100 kilometers above the Arctic Circle, we will during the coming weeks investigate and explore how to move a city. More updates on the workshop progress, content and participants, hailing from 18 different countries, will follow soon, for now a couple of snapshots.