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Frugal conversations: Designing in a global world – challenges and potentials

October 9, 17.00-20.00

This activity contains two interlinked lectures, followed by a conversation, mingle and practical experiments. The key speakers are Helena Hansson, teacher and doctoral student at HDK and Mania Teimouri, representative from Kultur i Väst and the network for architecture- and design pedagogues. The issue concerns how design and crafts can be a means for change actors that helps to target sustainable global development, in this case in Sweden and Kenya. The conversation is pivoting around what the challenges and potentials are when designing in frugal contexts, and the object in focus is a co-crafted playground, a boundary object aimed to bring diverse actors together for joint actions.


Mania Teimouri, architecture advisor for children and youth at Kultur i Väst. Architect, who has a long experience from working with participatory design processes where children are actively involved and have a stake in the process.

Helena Hansson designer, teacher and doctoral student at HDK. Her research project concerns frugal innovation and is based in Kisumu and is funded by Sida through Mistra Urban Futures.

Eventually representatives from Repslagarmuseet in Älvängen.


17.00-18.00 Lectures with short breaks in between.

18.00-20.00 Summarizing discussion and a mingle with a small exhibition and demonstration of rope-making.


The lectures will be held in English.