Designing a Municipality
DS 81: Proceedings of NordDesign 2014, Espoo, Finland 27-29th August 2014
Editor: Miko Laakso, Kalevi Ekman
Author: Jungersen, Ulrik; Hansen, Poul Kyvsgaard
Institution: 1: Kolding Municipality, Denmark; 2: Aalborg University, Denmark
Section: Design theory and practices
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