term project with the Husqvarna Group
By the year 2050 it has been predicted
that 70% of the world's population will live in urban areas.
Despite that many cities are experimenting with new ways of
bringing urban greenery into the city and public space, knowing
that this not only makes cities more competitive, brings broad
environmental and economic benefits, as well as providing
significant positive health effects for its inhabitants in terms of
reducing stress, anxiety and encouraging exercise, unfortunately
even more cities seems to underestimate this: " On a global level,
our survey indicates that 33% of urban dwellers believe that the
amount of green spaces in their city has declined over the last 10
years. Similarly, 41 % of urban dwellers believe that tomorrow's
cities will contain fewer green spaces than today's." Husqvarna
Global Garden Report 2012.
starting point and intended users were two-fold, and explorations
were made of the design space within urban gardening and public
parks, together with the potential for product solutions for both
professionals and consumers.
The intention was to identify and
visualize design opportunities for the Husqvarna Group on how
people could create and develop their 'urban nature' in year
The project started with a study trip to
Malmö to visit and see examples of installations made in the
project. During the stay in Malmö additional visits and guided
tours were made at an urban gardening community as well as at the
Scandinavian Green Roof Institute. Back in Umeå the students
visited a number of local parks in smaller groups and made onsite
interviews and observations of the personnel working there. As the
last field research activity a local community gardening was
visited. Afterwards all the information and insights were shared
and used as a platform for creative explorations and
ideation. Please have a look
at the short movie below summarizing the research phase.
study resulted in a number of concept solutions for urban gardening
in the future home, covering everything from creating more
nutritious food, to foster curiosity and educations about plants,
to semi-public installations were the community
sharing-transactions takes place, to a complete kit for growing and
develop you own mushrooms at home. One
concept conceptualised of harvesting moisture from the air in order
to provide water for personal greenery and one project addressed
the physical and practical pain points of working as an
External collaborating partner and tutors from Husqvarna:
Ressman, VP Global Design
Design Manager - Husqvarna.
Design Manager - Gardena.
External project tutor:
Sandström, teacher in form and visualization.
Course repsonsible and internal tutor:
Degn, Programme Director for the APD programme.