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22 January, 2010
Icsid InterDesign 'City Move' results in 'The new Gällivare' initiative

13 October 2009
City Move Icsid InterDesign results in collaborative project in Gällivare

14 July 2009
City Move InterDesign - Moving in the right direction

10 February 2009
City Move InternDesign preparation continues

11 November 2008
EU gives funding to City Move Interdesign in Gällivare

20 October 2008
SVID Hosts InterDesign experience exchange

March 7 2008
Sweden to host next InterDesign workshop

'City Move'

Hosted by The Swedish Industrial Design Foundation (SVID)
22 March - 3 April 2009
Gällivare, Sweden

'City Move', the 43rd Icsid Interdesign in 38 years, took place from 22 March - 3 April 2009 in the Municipality of Gällivare, Lapland, Sweden. Hosted by Icsid Member, The Swedish Industrial Design Foundation (SVID), 38 participants from seventeen different countries explored the answer to the following questions:
  • How can a city be relocated?
  • How can people be involved in the process?
  • What has design got to do with it?

Above: The midnight sun, Municipality of Gällivare

Pre-event planning

A pre-study group was formed prior to the workshop to carry out in depth research and collect opinions from the local community in the Municipality of Gällivare, including perceptions and views from those affected by the current situation. Six students from Sweden spent the month of August 2008 forming the 'concept studio'. The results of this research were published in an 'ideas book', a publication that was shared with the local community and later provided to the Interdesign participants in preparation for the event in March 2009.

Above: Concept Studio students, Linus Persson and Linus Godet


A brief was presented in advance of the workshops, including information from the political leaders from the Municipality of Gällivare at the opening of the workshop.

"The town of Malmberget is a part of Gällivare municipality and for nearly 40 years it has been involved in a drawn out and, at times, painful moving process as a result of the expansion of the mining industry. The current community is suffering as empty buildings and the gradual deterioration into a slum has negatively affected quality of life.

Increasingly residents of Malmberget are forced to move from their apartments and homes to other areas. It is difficult to say how long this process will continue. It is clear, however, that increasing numbers of residents will be affected in the coming years. Since the 1970s the population has fallen by more than half and today Malmberget has about 6,000 residents.

Many have chosen to move to apartments in the town of Gällivare Others have chosen to even move their house to a new location that is, for the most part, away from areas affected by the mine. Both alternatives involve a more or less voluntary move event though they are still unwanted changes. Unfortunately, the situation is such that many have chosen to move to another town.

The uncertainty of the mine's future direction creates insecurity among residents, a situation that risks conflicts on many levels. The vision is that Malmberget and Gällivare prior to, during and after the move will be safe, attractive communities with a high quality of life.

We want people to want to move to the new settings without feeling they are forced to. We want a community that is attractive, that has a range of services and that offers opportunities that make people want to move here. We want to integrate current and recently arrived residents with newcomers to the community. This process that will lead to our new community is characterised by thoughtful use of nature's resources and long-term sustainability.

Now we need your help in creating a community where people want to live and want to move to, and which serves as a model for the rest of the world."

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In order to give the workshop participants a strong introduction to the situation, a broad programme of seminars from experts were included in the programme:
  • "Cultural Heritage" by Gabriella Olshammar, University of Gothenburg and Åsa Dahlin, The Swedish National Heritage Board.
  • "Sustainable cities, sustainable development" by Hans Lundberg, IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute
  • "Design for All" by Finn Petren, EIDD Design for All Europe
  • "City Move Innovation Centre" by Ulf von Sydow, Project Manager, City Move Innovation Centre

The Interdesign participants also experienced a journey underground beneath the earth's surface to a mining depth below sea level at the LKAB mine. This allowed them to experience the vastness of the problem itself and a visit to the neighbouring Aitik open pit mine.

Ongoing research visits were also coordinated, bringing the participants to local areas affected by the situation, including houses which have already been moved or are in the process of being moved.

Above: Interdesign participants


The participants' backgrounds included: industrial design, city planning, design critical practice and theory, design and building, graphic design, architecture, housing and urbanisation, urban design and community and environmental design, research, design management, landscape architecture, built environment project management, civil engineering, professional production, media and communications, urban design, sustainable architecture, ecology and green architecture, mechanical engineering, concept design, development and eco-design, urban project management, interior design, concept design, art, curation and local physician.

Above: The Sports Hall in Gällivare, where the main workshop took place

List of participants

The Icsid Interdesign City Move 2009 participant group are the collective holders of the intellectual property rights of the designs created during the City Move workshop.

Natalia Agudelo, Colombia
Tutor Design Department, Universidad de los Andes

Lars Albinsson, Sweden
Consultant, Researcher, Co-Designer, Maestro Managment AB, Calistoga Springs Research Institute, University College of Borås, Linköping University

Olive Bailey, Canada
Student, Master's Degree Project in city planning, University of Calgary

Dia Batal, Jordan/Palestinian
MA in Design, Critical Practice and Theory, Goldsmiths College, University of London

Gavin Baxter, Canada
Designer/builder, Baxter design

Nii Commey Botchway, Ghana / South Africa
Graphic Design Lecturer, Vega The Brand Communication School

Daniel Byström, Sweden
Designer Byström design

Mónica Carrico, Portugal
Architect, designer, Moving cities, China

Ivan Cartes, Chile
Dean of Faculty, Consultant Ministry of Housing an Urbanization Chile, private practice

Sudeshna Chatterjee, India
Architect, Urban Design and Community and Environmental Design Consultant - Kaimal Chatterjee & Associates

Rita Engler, Brazil
Professor and Researcher, State University of Minas Gerais - UEMG

Tony Fry, Australia
Academic/Consultant, Team D/E/S

Ximena García Gutiérrez, Colombia
Master on Design Management, Architect (honours), Los Andes University, Cerrejón Coal and PREDECAN

Linus Godet, Sweden
Student in Master of Architecture, Ecole Polytechnique Féderale de Lausanne

Lisa Hellberg, Sweden
Student of Landscape Architecture, SLU, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

Anna Hrdlicka, Sweden
Project Manager Built Environment

Agnes Lundström, Sweden
Student, Civil engineering, Luleå university of Technology

Frank Mruk, United States
Associate Dean, New York Institute of Technology's School of Architecture and Design

Mohd Shaleh Mujir, Malaysia
Lecturer, Industrial design /Coordinator, Collaboration program

Bert de Muynck, Belgium
Architect, designer, Moving cities, China

Michael Nilsson, Sweden Heart Director, conceptual designer, Manifesto

Alexandra Olofsson
, Sweden
Master in Experience Professional Production, Luleå University of Technology, Major in Media and Communication studies, Umeå university

Hector de la Peña, Mexico
Architect, Consultant urban design sustainable architecture, green architecture, Architecture and Ecology

Linus Persson, Sweden
Student, Institute of design Umeå University

Aleksandar Petrov, Macedonia

Dennis Pettersson, Sweden
Professor of Industrial Design, Luleå university of Technology

Lance Rake, United States
Professor of Industrial Design, University of Kansas

Filippo Salustri, Canada
Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Ryerson University

Hanna Sandström, Sweden
Student, Institute of design Umeå University

Tomas Seo, Sweden
Idea generator, Concept Designer, Workshop moderator, Phorecast

Annevi Sjöberg, Sweden
Developer and Ecodesigner, Development Office Dalénum, Stockholm

Felipe Francisco de Souza, Brazil
Urban Projects Manager, SEMPLA, Municipal Planning Secretary of São Paulo

Petra Tikulin, Croatia
Master of Interior Design, Domestic Landscapes, NABA, Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti, Milan, Italy

Sara Tunheden, Sweden
Student, Institute of design Umeå University

Nils Jòrgen Tvengsberg, Norway
Industrial Designer, Founder, Icsid Advisor Mexico, Product planning Industial Design

Widianto Utomo, Indonesia

Nikola Uzunovski, Macedonia
Artist, Designer, Curator, Professor

Ann-Christin Vikström, Sweden
Physician, Malmberget health center

Programme / processes addressed

With an understanding that 'City Move' was a broad concept with many layers, some groups looked at a project management process, timescale and how to establish solutions to the vast problem. Participants looked in detail at how to move the people within the community, rather than simply shifting solid structures. Communication methods were analysed between key people involved with the capacity to make change for the better.

Various sustainable elements were outlined in order to secure the future of the municipality. The groups took into account gender balance, education, identity and engagement for sustainability and vitality.

Possible variations and formations of actual housing structures were also researched and designed, including further potential uses of the materials mined in the local region.

Groups also identified new locations, which they perceived as worthy, attractive and more structurally secure places to re-locate the community, encouraging new businesses and self-sustainability in addition to the mining industry.

Architectural drawings and models were created to show a meeting place for social activity, including a new city centre identity and public places where old historical landmarks meet new modern structures. Groups worked on highlighting the many historical places of interest and attractions in order to improve the identity and appeal of the area to visitors and new residents.

Investigations to connect leisure and recreation through nature and environmental improvements were presented. Groups also looked at possible cultural events to increase visitors and with the aim to retain or increase population figures.

In the end, many of the workshop groups provided various options and possible solutions from which the local people can decide the best way forward. Likewise, groups identified that long-term results and deadlines were needed.

Above: Anna Hrdlička giving a presentation to the municipality of Gällivare

Outcomes and results

Over the two-week period, the six groups of students, academics, professors, consultants and experienced professionals from 'co-design' and multi-faceted fields and skill sets collaborated to address this local problem with global significance, to bring a better quality of life for all of those affected. Participants invested personal and professional experience into the workshop, tackling results and processes, and leaving a positive legacy behind after their short two-week time in the local community.

Overall the workshops were a great success and the pre-planning, organisation and delivery from the host organisation, SVID, was outstanding.

Through these workshops and presentations, the groups identified broad visions, processes and possible solutions. Workshop results were firmly based on the real experiences of local people living in the situation.

The final presentations were printed and presented in an exhibition open to members of the public and invited guests. One group presented an artistic-scientific project, which showed a visionary idea as part of the workshop. The object reflects sunlight to areas left shaded. School pupils were involved in building and launching the project during the workshop. This project was one stage of the workshop group called "Feel free: Organise" who engaged in capturing imaginations and infusing events to open up perceptions and introduce different experiences.

As a result of the final workshop presentations, the initiative gained the support of the local mining company, LKAB. Likewise a action group was initiated by local community members in order to ensure the longevity of the initiative once the workshop was complete.

The participant's demonstrated a very high quality of work and dedication to their group roles. The professionalism of their final presentations and creative achievements were very impressive. The Interdesign participants were adamant to include the experiences shared by the local community, and many of these personal insights were reflected in the workshop findings. The international collaborations and experiences brought unique and new insight to the Interdesign problem.

All of the results and documentation from the workshop will become a part of the City Move Innovation Centre, showing how the process could be used in Sweden but also be adapted and implemented in similar areas around the world. This knowledge bank will provide information for city planners and designers in order to stimulate cooperation between different stakeholders.

Creation of post-Interdesign project 'The New Gällivare'

In January 2010, Swedish-based participant, Lars Albinsson, (Consultant & Researcher) was appointed by the Municipal Council of Gällivare and local mining company LKAB to head up the post-Interdesign project 'The New Gällivare', an initiative to explore the future possibilities and aspirations of residents and local businesses. [read more]

Documentary film footage

The documentary film footage that was continuously recorded enabled participants to view interview feedback from members of the Municipality of Gällivare following group presentations during the workshop. The final edited version of the footage is expected to be finalised in the fall of 2009.

Above: Prof. Carlos Hinrichsen, Icsid President; Mr. Claes Frossen, Project Manager for SVID; Ms. Judit Várhelyi, Icsid Executive Board Member; and Mr. Robin Edman, Regional Advisor

Key stakeholders

SVID worked very closely with the Municipality of Gällivare to involve the local community and key event stakeholders to the project from the early stages.

Sponsors and partners: European Union, LKAB, Näringsdepartementet, Länsstyrelsen i Norrbotten, Gällivare Kommun, Icsid and SVID

Icsid President, Prof. Carlos Hinrichsen attended the final few days of the workshop to witness the group presentations and findings. He spoke to the audience about Icsid, the history of Interdesigns, Icsid's long history with Sweden and to congratulate the participants on their collaborative achievements. Guests included:
  • Minister Maud Olofsson, Minister for Enterprise and Energy, Deputy Prime Minister, Ministry of Enterprise, Energy and Communications
  • Minister Åsa Torstensson, Minister for Communications Ministry of Enterprise, Energy and Communications
  • "City Move" stakeholders
  • Members of the local community
  • The Interdesign participants


"The 'city move' project gave me valuable experiences and also confirmed to me that what I am doing as my every day work is actually on the right track. It also gave insights in how group dynamics can be as its best and as its worst. One thing that is crucial when working in such a short time span is that the teams should know that the exercise is about sharing knowledge - by doing so creating a result as a group rather than as the "particles" of the group. I would also say that design work on built environment is a bit more complex than some people expected.  As for my self I enjoyed this tremendously!"
- Anna Hrdlička, Project Manager Built Environment, Sweden

"It was a fantastic event- extremely organized and attended by an incredible range of talented and motivated people. I hope we made some progress towards solving a very complex problem that has profound implications for us all. On a personal level, I met some terrific people that I hope I can work with on future projects, and I think I learned a lot about developing effective ways to work with multidisciplinary teams- in essence, how to design how to design. I hope to participate in future Interdesigns, and I certainly hope to continue the work we began in Malmberget at the 2009 Interdesign."
– Lance Rake, Professor of Industrial Design, University of Kansas, United States


"Icsid Interdesign City Move 2009" is the exclusive copyright holder of all images and materials on this website (unless otherwise referenced). No copying or distribution of these materials or concepts can be made without pre-written authorisation.
For information on investment, partnership, stakeholder, distribution and/ or transfer of intellectual or industrial property rights for production, marketing or other, please contact:
Claes Frössén
Head of creative relations and special projects - SVID
Swedish Industrial Design Foundation
Sveavägen 34, 6tr
SE-111 34 Stockholm
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