Meeting places

“Meeting places in public space”
The modern town planning is largely based on a industrialistiskt/functionalist perspective which was founded in the early part of the 20th century and have resulted in a stadsplaneringsfilosofie where people live in one place, working on another and hanging out and enjoying themselves at a third location.

This perspective was cemented by Le Corbesieurs view of the Centre of Malmö man on 1940 ‘s and can very much reflected in the design of today’s public spaces in an urban environment.
A typical example of a product that does not directly call for meetings is the ursvenska combination “trash-bench” which can be found in a variety of guises throughout Sweden.

Housing policy was debated in Parliament in april 1965 and the Government’s proposed building 100,000 flats per year for ten years was established. The goal was to more than a decade to build one million homes to address the prevailing since the 1950s housing shortage and improve housing standards.

Million the buildings represent about 25 per cent of the total housing stock in Sweden and reflects the 1960s and 1970s, the idea of a welfare state. Many of the actions of the programme in Sweden million areas quickly got a bad name and branded as physically and socially inferior.

As part of the development of the urban environment in General, and in particular working environments programmes million IoU to develop a concept to create meeting places in the public domain.

In this work collaborates IoU with several independent designers as well as arts, crafts and design as well as Carl Malmsten school to develop concepts and products to create meeting places in the public domain. The idea is to thereby improve integration, reduce social exclusion, create jobs and lay the Foundation for sustainable, attractive cities. These venues can be designed in different ways, but the Basic is that they are not only an “architectural and cosmetic facelift” but that they have a real practical function and gives a user value, which in turn creates opportunities for meetings.

A key success factor for creating “meeting places in public space” is to the project partly run by people who have themselves been in alienation. People who are often part of the million programme inhabitants, both in Sweden and elsewhere in Europe.

The basic idea behind the development of venues in the public domain based on in an inclusive design process in which users and designers in close collaboration to develop products to create new forms of meeting places.

In a first step towards the implementation of this concept has established a partnership with the NCE a number of companies and organizations in Södertälje and a partnership has been initiated with the Community Development Office in Södertälje, and arts, crafts and design in order to develop a pilot project to create “meeting places in public space” and create a model for how these might be implemented and applied in a “test environment” in one or more of the million programme districts in Södertälje.

We believe that well-designed meeting sites will be an important part in shaping tomorrow’s society.