Crafting Play:ces - Urban play by co-creation 

This workshop departs from an idea of a hands-on, co-crafting playground that explores the intersection of crafts, play, and space in new ways. It is also an exploration of how participatory crafts might be more than just a specialized crafter’s act of making and how play might become more than just a child’s activity. The notion of “play action space” is an extension of the standard urban playground, the physical equipment and space, to a participatory social process of making and crafting a play space. In this action space, we want to inspire and engage participants, including children, in play and interaction and perhaps discovery in their urban environments. 

By co-crafting an urban play space with children and citizens, this project aims to speculate on whether such a DIY craft activity could become a catalyst for: 1) collaboration and knowledge-sharing between different types of citizen roles such as amateurs and professional craftsmen, children and adults, producers and users, etc., 2) activating inactive spaces or even local livelihoods, 3) opening up for possibilities in what are normally thought as predefined, functionally determined urban environments, 3) new arenas for craft production, 5) encountering the unexpected and spurring the social imagination…

The research questions for this project are: how can a “crafted action play space” act as a social platform for imagination, play, and co-creation between different stakeholders of different ages in the urban environment? The workshop is to be carried out in two phases. In the first phase students and teachers prototype crafted play spaces from willow tree, etc. In the second phase students will invite the public to engage. 

Let’s play! 
Helena Hansson and Ariana Amacker, PhD students, HDK 
Involved stakeholders: 
Christian Erlandsson; basket maker and willow weaver, Master students and teachers from HDK, Child Culture Design, City of Gothenburg (Park and Nature management), FOLK OCH FORM, Children and their families, other playminded citizens.

Biking the future! – the bike as a metaphor for possibilities.

This workshop explores what the bike stands for as a social phenomena and what it can enable.  It is a collaboration between EAD, the design agency Lots and the students at the Business & Design master education at HDK. The students are organizing the workshop as part of a course developing design driven strategies for organizations and societal innovations.

With guidance and support from senior designers at Lots, the students have the responsibility for designing the workshop in all parts, exploring the bike as a catalyst and enabler , from a practical as well as a social perspective.
The workshop is intended for participants at the conference - and want to take part of and use their research perspective - but will also invite representatives from social organizations, as the Gothenburg city council, to add their views to the discussion.
It is vital to point out that the bike as an object is not in focus, but the cultural and social possibilities it opens up to. The workshop is meant to work as a lab for methods in a design driven strategy process.

Involved stakeholders: 
Master students and teachers from HDK, Business and Design & Iréne Stewart Claesson from Lots Design.

Lots is a design strategy consultancy, helping clients to sustainable and social innovations and developing user friendly product-,service- and interaction design. Our design methods are based in user experience and contexts for creative development and front end innovation.