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.

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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.