Exploring wasted spaces for top city life

The forgotten places in between buildings could be used to improve city life. By using a design sprint method, lab participants defined the characteristics of the best city life and the best way to go there.

As a part of the session “Cities as Services”, Fastighetsägarna, a trade organization for property owners and developers, held the first participatory lab of this year’s Gather Festival. The lab was facilitated and co-created by House of Sparks – a consulting firm helping companies to ignite their ideas into reality. The aim of the lab was to connect people from different backgrounds and disciplines to get new perspectives and generate ideas on how we can improve life for residents by utilizing ’’wasted’’ spaces in the city.

Using a design sprint method, participants were given a brief with the posed question: “How do we create the best city life by exploring the spaces in between buildings?” The groups started out by working silently with ideation – producing ten ideas in ten minutes – followed by an additional 15 minutes of sharing and ultimately choosing one idea to elaborate and prototype in order to visualize their concepts.

The solutions – produced and presented in the form of two minute videos – where diverse and innovative. The common characteristics were the aim towards making the city greener, as well as creating more informal meeting points where people from different generations and backgrounds can gather to share knowledge and moments.

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