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Designed Living Environments for Breakfast

Meet architects, artists, cilvil servants, politicians and researchers and get a unique insight into new strategies and working methods on how different aspects of designed living environment caan impact and contribute to improve conditions in our society. The webinars are held once a month during spring and fall and take place on Thursdays between 08.30-09.30. You connect through the digital plattform Teams with a link posoted in calendar events cin connection with the events,, no pre-registration is requested.

The conversation series is organized in a collaboration between Region Uppsala, Region Halland, Region Blekinge, Region Jämtland Härjedalen and Region Västmanland.


Spring program

February 25 | HI STRANGER! – with Samira Musa, business developer at Hej Främling! and Jon Söder, civil society coordinator at Östersund municipality, who talks about their collaboration to develop the Torvalla area in Östersund. Their work builds on well-proven methods, from Design Thinking amongst others, and is part of the municipality’s strategy for developing Torvalla. Their work has, among other things, been highlighted as a good example in ArkDe’s fllow-up on the policy for designed living environment.

March 14 | LEKKONTORET- A PUBLIC DESIGN OFFICE FOR PLAY – with children’s culture designer Catherine Paterson, who talks about Lekkontoret’s work processes and methods based on some of the studio’s recent projects in Halland. Lekkontoret is a design studio that aims to increase children’s influence in the city through participatory design processes. The studio consists of both child and adult designers who collaborate on design for public spaces and for cultural institutions. Play is used as a tool for public dialogue and design, and promotes communication between different age groups in ways that lead to new conversations about our public spaces.

April 25 | SAMI ARCHITECTURE LIBRARY – with architect Joar Nango talking about his work with Girjegumpi, a nomadic library of books and objects related to architecture created by indigenous people.Girjegumpi is a mobile, collective library that has constantly developed and expanded on its journey to new places, both in Sapmi and in other parts of the Nordic region. As a living design project, it highlights the importance of indigenous knowledge in today’s conversation about architecture: Working collaboratively, building techniques, the use of natural resources in a rapidly changing climate, the use of local materials in the process and respecting to the landscape and nature.

May 16 | CONTAMINATED PLACES AS CULTURAL HERITAGE – with the artists Eric Andersson and Timo Menke who discuss polluted and contaminated areas as cultural heritage based on the art projects “Kulturarvet Sågverkstomten” (Rydöbruk, Halland) and “Naturkulturreservatet Marhult” (Uppvidinge, Småland). All over Sweden there are thousands of polluted places; former industrial sites or waste dumps, where the land has been contaminated either illegally or as part of an old manufacturing process. Access is often prohibited pending sanitation that never seems to happen, and the future of the sites remains uncertain. These places are undeniably part of a national cultural heritage, but they are not on any destination maps. How have these sites been managed and how do we see them today? What role do they play in our shared heritage? How are these sites reactivated through artistic interventions and processes?


Dates for the fall program

19 September

10 October

14 November

5 December


Photo: Joar Nango

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