Contact person:
Anna Seravalli
  • Vinnova
  • DUT (Driving Urban Transitions)
Responsible at MaU:
Anna Seravalli
Project members at MaU:
External project members:
  • Civic Association NGBG
  • City of Malmö
Collaborators :
  • Hasselt University
  • City of Genk
  • CIPRA International Lab
  • Rosinak & Partner Ziviltechnike
Time frame:
01 January 2024 - 31 December 2026
Research environment :

Project description

Norra Grängesbergsgatan is a former industrial area that today hosts a diverse mix of civil society and cultural actors, small and medium-sized enterprises, and heavy industry. In collaboration with NGBG, a cultural association based in the district of Norra Grängesbergsgatan, and the City of Malmö, this research project applies participatory design approaches to explore how the citizens of Norra Grängesbergsgatan can be included in initiatives that build towards sustainable urban life in a way that avoids contributing to a polarising discourse.

Central to the participatory research methods applied in this project is an emphasis on listening. Listening is understood here as an iterative process that consists of three activities: registration (recognising interests and the value of including different stakeholders), reflection (on underlying values and conflicts) and imagination (collectively developing scenarios that suggest new paths towards sustainable futures).

In collaboration with the citizens of Norra Grängesbergsgatan and other stakeholders in the City of Malmö, this project aims to gather strategies and tools that help strengthen the capacity to listen. The results of this work will be integrated with the results of international partners' work in Hasselt, Belgium and Voralberg, Austria to develop three different "toolboxes" of methods that can be used to promote dialogue and listening that can help facilitate the development of sustainable urban life.

The tools will be 15-minute radio, a tool that uses podcasting and audio production to promote dialogue and collaboration, 15-minute Atlas, a tool that applies cartography and mapping methods, and 15-Walk, a method that applies soundwalk methods to promote sustainable urban development.