Ellay: Mobility in the Moment

A lot of the times urban mobility services seems available but not accessible to elderly citizens. This apparent information gap between the one who provides the service(s) and one who seeks the service(s) engenders a sense of injustice, eventually creating power differentials in democratic governance. In the course “Mobility Justice”, we apply traditional participatory design and ethnographic methods to disseminate and generate future projects for general users. We bring together multiple stakeholders e.g municipality, NGOs, students and elderly citizens, not necessarily to solve problems but to sensitize with the unforeseen issues, responsibilities, norms, and controversies. However, our urge to create aesthetic and inclusive public services provokes us to go beyond tacit engagement to controversial interventions, through socio-material artifacts in the ecology of end-users. We achieve this by infrastructuring a data-driven participatory platform that weaves in the urban fabric exposing injustices and engaging the citizens in long-term.

Representative from municipality, public transport system engages with tangible KIT to surface the issues in a first person point of view

Beyond tacit engagement to controversial interventions

Public intervention in the city center Umea, Sweden to demonstrate and explore the artefacts imposing power

Concept movie

Mobility Justice

Mobility Justice projects from the MFA Interaction Design programme, Umeå Institute of Design, 2018.

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Stories from students of the MFA programme in Interaction Design at Umeå Institute of Design.

Mobility Justice

Mobility Justice projects from the MFA Interaction Design programme, Umeå Institute of Design, 2018.

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