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design idegenerering med lukt


In this workshop, you as a participant will have the opportunity to ideate how Munkebäcksparken can be designed with a focus on the senses to create an inclusive park. In the workshop, I want you to be aware that people experience the surroundings in different ways, where some people explore our world with other senses than the sight.

Through explorations with different senses and to increase bodily awareness, the aim of this workshop is to ideate design ideas on how senses such as smell, touch, or hearing can promote inclusiveness.

Listen to the audionarrative in english or in swedish to get a audio-descriptive of Munkebäcksparken.







The workshop is a part of The Weaving Workshop Revisited Symposium
8th-9th of October 2019 at Röhsska Museum

During 2019 it will be 100 years since the Bauhaus School was inaugurated. In this occasion Röhsska Museum invite to a two-day symposium about practice-based research in collaboration with the Research School of the Faculty of Fine, Applied and Performing Arts, at University of Gothenburg.

In the spirit of Bauhaus weaver, designer and writer Anni Albers, this symposium will focus on ways to make practice-based research public. Anni Albers is recognised as one of the first weavers who theorized weaving through the writing of essays as part of her work as a textile artist. Her influence continues to provide us with key references in textile research today.

Though an open public event at the Röhsska Museum, this autumn’s symposium aims to develop and implement research dialogues, exchanges and partnerships about how to make artisticresearch public on its own terms. This means moving beyond the confines of standardized academic text or power point lectures.

In the spirit of the interdisciplinary Bauhaus school, invited guests; students and researchers from the fields of fine, applied and performing arts will present research findings in dialogue with the academic community and the public.

  • The lectures will take place in English, whereas the workshop will take place in Swedish and English.
  • Be aware that photo recording can take place during the event.

The Weaving Workshop Revisited Symposium have been kindly supported by:
Estrid Ericson Stiftelsen, Slöjdforeningens projektstipendium and the Research School at the Faculty of Fine, Applied and Performing arts at Gothenburg University.

The activities are a part of Gothenburg design festival. Produced in collaboration with HDK – The Academy of Design and Craft together with Mötesplats Röhsska.




logotype in english_ project Tink with white background black text a green rectangle on the right of the text and blue patterns below that look like waves


Open storm water solutions have a good potential in contributing to urban sustainability by delaying and purifying storm water locally, creating recreation possibilities and an attractive urban environment. However, today there is a lack of good examples adapted to Swedish conditions, not least wit focus on social accessibility

To create innovative and sustainable storm water solutions in urban spaces, multi-disciplinary innovation processes are needed that allows for incorporating social, ecological and economical sustainability challenges. Such processes have the potential to create solutions which do not only fulfl technical and social minimum standards, but also contribute actively to strengthen social values in cities. The project is built on this approach and will involve experts on norm-critical approaches, landscaping architecture and urban water management to develop sets of solutions for inspiration with new examples of how open storm water solutions can be designed with respect to these solutions.

The primary purpose is to contribute to the development of knowledge and the increased innovation capacity within the area. The secondary purpose is to contribute to the uptake of multi-disciplinary innovation with focus on social sustainability and accessibility also within other sectors in urban development, e.g autonomous vehicles and green roofs.

The project is founded by the Innovation Agency Vinnova and a collaboration with Rise – Research institute, HDK, Academy of Design and Craft, Usify, Disorder Architect, SLU – the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Liljevall Architects, Kvadrin Architects, Göteborgs kommun and Vellinge kommun.

For more information:


Norm-Critique in practice: Haptic and tactile design methods in the notion of care

2nd of june, Aalto University, Helsinki

We invite participants to this workshop with the purpose to explore participatory processes based on tactile and haptic methods within the framework of norm-critical methodology.

The workshop is based on cases from the project ‘Tink – Idea development for available and inclusive open stormwater solutions`. Innovation- driven projects in urban planning are often based on technical aspects and deviate from social values. Through a norm-critical methodology, we argue that technical innovation needs to include social values based on intersectional analysis. Firstly, in the project Tink, that means that we work together across disciplines and focus areas, in an interdisciplinary environment with disability activists, researchers, practitioners, and municipal officials. Secondly, we state that norm-critical methodology includes design processes based on inclusive methods in the notion of care, engagement and social inclusion. In a workshop environment, this means creating settings for people with different experiences and abilities.

We acknowledge that all participants have different knowledges, understandings, and capabilities. Subjective experiences through our bodily senses can be a central tool for understanding our environment and situations. We suggest that by using haptic and tactile design methods in a workshop setting, we aim to challenge normative ways of understanding and to interpret architectural and design sketches, visualizations and models. By providing alternative ways to understand a workshop material within participatory methods, does not only make the workshop experience more accessible for participants who are not used to interpret architectural sketches.  It also provides better accessibility for people with visual impairments and cognitive disabilities, and, it also stretches the interpretation in general by questioning the visual and hearing norm.


bild där det står privilege booth i skrivstil med rosa bakgrund

PRIVILEGE BOOTH – Confession Session

Motsatsen till diskriminering är privilegium. Att bli diskriminerad eller priviligierad kan vara helt slumpartat. Det är ett lotteri där vi föds med olika förutsättningar. Som priviligierad behöver man inte bli ifrågasatt, utsatt eller uttittad. Som priviligierad blir man både sedd och hörd, känna sig trygg och representerad.

Makt är nära sammankopplat till privilegier. Vad innebär det att bära på en uppsättning privilegier och vad gör privilegierna med oss som individer? Att erkänner sina privilegier kan vara betungade, skamfyllt och ångestframkallande. I privilege booth har du möjligheten att anonymt samtala om din privilegie-position, om skam och skuld, men också försöka gå bortom dessa känslor för att försöka omvandla privilegie-skammen till ett privilegie-ansvar.

Vad kan du göra med den makt du har? Hur kan du med din privilegie-position bidra till ett mer inkluderande och jämlikt samhälle?

Privilege booth och de diskussioner som kommer ske är en del av Hanna af Ekströms forskning i Normkritisk design med fokus på funktionsnormer.

Privilege booth har både drop in och bokade tider under Design week 2018 på HDK, Högskolan för Design och Konsthantverk i Göteborg. HDK ligger på Kristinelundsgatan 8 och Privilege booth är placerat i entréplan.

Drop in tider till Privilege booth är Mån 22 okt kl 17-20, Tors 25 okt kl 17-20, Fre 26 okt 17-20. Varje session håller på i ca 30 min. Om du vill boka tid anmäl dig dig då här:

Som tack för ditt privilegie-erkännande erhåller du en gåva.


So, yesterday I was on a meeting for a future casestudie. I visited Katarina and Mattias from the border of the organisation Young visual impairments in the west of Sweden and Gothenburg.

We discussed different normcreative campaigns and to think “outside the box” We talked about preconceptions and how the socialty is designed for the ablebodied, about unaccessible situations and products, family life, sex and new imagined futures.

We talked about to meet up in a creative workshop to brainstorm together with a larger group from the organisation this spring.

To be continued.



sourze from Diversity is beautiful journal

The term ableism refers to “a particular understanding of oneself, one’s body and one’s relationship with others of humanity, other species and the environment, and includes how one is judged by others”. Ableism reflects the value and promotion of abilities such as productivity and competitiveness over empathy and kindness. It has historically been used by certain social groups to justify their higher status in relation to “others”, to justify a hierarchy and exclusion. The preference for “speciestypical normative abilities” might lead to the discrimination against people with disabilities as less able. This notion rejects the so-called variation of being, the biodiversity, the acceptance and accommodation of the people affected.

Most interestingly, ableism does not only refer to the obvious, to people one might automatically associate with. In fact, sexism is partly driven by ableism as it favours certain abilities and at the same time labels “the biologically fragile, emotional and incapable” woman as not having them. Like sexism, racism (claiming that some ethnic groups are less intelligent, i.e. less cognitively able than others) and other -isms are driven by ableism.

The Swiss organisation “Pro Infirmis” started the rather spectacular campaign “Because who is perfect?” in order to raise awareness for body diversity and the lack of representation of people with disabilities. Five persons with different disabilities were used as models to create mannequins that reflected their bodies. The mannequins were displayed in shop-windows next to the “perfect” mannequins. Here is a four-minutes clip (in Swiss German with English subtitles).

Wolbring, G. (2008) The Politics of Ableism. Development, 51, 252-258


“What we did for civil rights in the ‘60s, we forgot to do for people with disabilities.”

– Rep. Patricia Schroeder (D-Colo.) said of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990




On Monday, March 12, 1990 disability rights activists descended on the U.S. Capitol demanding the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) which would give equal rights to people with disabilities. The ADA was passed by the Senate the year before but as finding complications getting through the House of Representatives. Over 1,000 protesters came from 30 states to protest the Act’s delay.
Disability activists participating in the “Capital Crawl” on March 12, 1990.

Disability activists participating in the “Capital Crawl” on March 12, 1990. Photo Credit: Tom Olin/Disability History Museum

After the day’s rally and speeches, over 60 activists abandoned their wheelchairs and mobility devices and began crawling the 83 stone steps up to the U.S. Capitol Building. During which people were loudly chanting “What do we want?” “ADA!” “When do we want it?” “NOW!” Other activists remained at the bottom holding signs and giving encouragement to the crawlers. “I want my civil rights,” Paulette Patterson of Chicago stated as she was inching her way to the top. “I want to be treated like a human being.” Eight-year-old Jennifer Keelan was famously taped [as seen in the video above] while crawling up the stairs. “I’ll take all night if I have to,” she firmly stated. The second-grader from Denver suffered from cerebral palsy and decided to partake in the crawl after joining ADAPT (Americans Disabled for Accessible Public Transit). She was inspired by her friend Kenny Perkins who passed away in January 1990. As Jennifer reached the top she stated, “I’m doing it for Kenny.” Michael Winters, a leader in the Independent Living Movement, later wrote about event and the reaction people had to the crawl. “Some people may have thought that it was undignified for people in wheelchairs to crawl in that manner, but I felt that it was necessary to show the country what kinds of things people with disabilities have to face on a day-to-day basis,” Winters recalled. “We had to be willing to fight for what we believed in.”

Senator Tom Harkin had authored and introduced the ADA to the Senate, delivering part of the speech in sign language so his deaf brother could understand. If it passed, it would outlaw discrimination based on physical or mental disability in employment, access to buildings and public and private transportation as well as other issues. The ADA had four goals for people with disabilities: equal opportunity, full participation, independent living and economic self-sufficiency. “We’re not asking for any favors,” asserted I. King Jordan, the first deaf president of Gallaudet College for the deaf. “We’re simply asking the same rights and equality any other American has.” Within four months, the Act passed in the House. On July 26, 1990, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 was signed into law by President George H.W. Bush. On signing the measure, President Bush said, “Let the shameful wall of exclusion finally come tumbling down.” The Act that Senator Tom Harkin and the disability activists worked so hard to pass had finally become law. The “Capitol Crawl” had an effect on the passage of the ADA. Several Senators felt “inconvenience” by the “stunt” and it reportedly pushed them to approve the Act. At the time, the event was not widely known to the public since the media failed to shed much light on it. But to present-day disability activists, on the other hand, the “Capitol Crawl” is seen as one of the single most important events that finally pushed for the passage of the ADA into law. In 2010, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 celebrated its 20th Anniversary. Senator Harkin penned an article about the legacy of the Act for The Huffington Post:

The 19th of April, 2015 at the inaugural event for DisArts Film Festival David Michell interviewed the actor Mat Fraser (who played Paul the Illustrated Seal in Season 4 of American Horror Story: Freak Show) who made some significant comments on “cripping up” as a non-disabled actor to play roles based on disability experience.


Vital Signs
Crip Culture Talks Back
By David Mitchell & Sharon Snyder

This video brings together influential voices in disability rights and disability studies to document an emerging disability culture. A mix of performances, interviews, dramatic readings, and activist footage, Vital Signs features well-known disability rights advocates, poets and performance artists, and disability studies scholars.

48 minutes
© 1995