Designing a Municipality

DS 81: Proceedings of NordDesign 2014, Espoo, Finland 27-29th August 2014

Year: 2014
Editor: Miko Laakso, Kalevi Ekman
Author: Jungersen, Ulrik; Hansen, Poul Kyvsgaard
Series: NordDESIGN
Institution: 1: Kolding Municipality, Denmark; 2: Aalborg University, Denmark
Section: Design theory and practices
Page(s): 610-619
ISBN: 978-1-904670-58-2


Can a municipality be designed? The municipality Kolding in the southern part of Denmark asked this question. The idea emerged as a response to a recognized need for new ways of branding and developing the municipality. It is an ongoing process that was kicked off in 2012 and this paper is therefore focusing primarily on the process of changing the perception of how to organize development in a municipality. The most important elements in transforming the whole development setup are described. Finally, a short case describing one of the significant results is included.

Keywords: Design thinking, social innovation, entrepreneurship


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