Maja Frögård

Supporting co-creation of knowledge and understanding through form and materialization

My work is part of the research project Decode, Community Design for Conflicting Desires. The project aim to develop services in the form of collaborative platforms for complex planning processes with a focus on social sustainability. Decode consists of five work packages where I will mainly work with work packages one and two exploring how co-design methods can support social sustainability in planning processes working together with the Municipality of Upplands Väsby and Varberg.

I work with questions concerning how form and materialization support different understandings and values in different contexts. The contexts I will be working with are different parts of the planning processes in Upplands Väsby and Varberg. My focus will be on citizen participation and how form and materialization can support co-creation of knowledge and understanding between different stakeholders in the planning process.

Maja Frögård was born in Falun and moved to Stockholm after some years working and traveling to study Industrial design at Konstfack where she took both my bachelor and master degree. She is interested in how we are formed and how we make form. How our surrounding shapes us and what ideas and values we as designers materialize through what we make: "I am not looking for answers, but rather through materialization explore spaces and gaps for new possibilities of knowledge", she says.