“Wind of Change”-symposium at Iðnó

There were lively discussions about challenges and opportunities in population development at a symposium about the project ‘Wind of Change’ held in Iðnó and the Gasstation by Hlemmur on 24 May. The first propositions of four interdisciplinary project groups were introduced. They were chosen to develop ideas about the future opportunities for Icelandic urban areas. This includes a residential area in Skeifan, illuminated interior gardens by open sea, quality square meters in the sacred spaces of the private car and a whole area that links together the Háaleiti residential area, the Múli industrial area and the green areas in Laugardalur.

Thereafter there were debates where the ideas of the groups were discussed in connection with the ideological and systematic challenges and hindrances in residential- and regional development.  In the symposium were the following: Eygló Harðardóttir minister of social affairs and housing, Jón Gnarr mayor of Reykjavík, Björn Karlsson head of Iceland Construction Authority, Gunnar Ó. Haraldsson head of the Institute of Economic Studies of the University of Iceland, Ólöf Örvarsdóttir division manager of Traffic and planning of Reykjavík, Ríkharður Kristjánsson PhD civil engineering. Sigrún Birgisdóttir head of the division of design and architecture at Iceland Academy of the Arts facilitated the discussions.

Various interesting ideas came up in the discussions such as from Eygló Harðardóttir minister of social services and housing. She emphasised the importance of checking right from the start the price of a residential house and its operational form. </br>Jón Gnarr pointed out that green projects were no longer special projects but that all projects had to be environmentally friendly. He considered Skeifan a good example of an area that had the potential of changing into a residential area and he quoted Einstein:  “If at first an idea isn’t absurd, there’s no hope for it”.


Aurora Design Fund disperses grants to designers for the 11th time

Seven designers and design initiatives received grants from the Aurora Design Fund this spring. Following is the list of grantees:

Hæg breytileg átt is a new housing development project, focusing on progressive, sustainable, economical, and socially-oriented housing solutions in urban areas. The project, a collaboration of Reykjavik City and major institutions of urban housing, art, and design, receives ISK 5,000,000. Website: www.haegbreytilegatt.is

Hið íslenska bókmenntafélag, a publishing company, receives ISK 1,200,000, for the preparation and finalizing of a book project on the life and work of architect Gunnlaugur Halldórsson. Website: www.hib.is

Ígló&Indí a childrenswear company receives a grant of ISK 2,000,000 to participate in an overseas expo and to hire a marketing specialist for the label’s marketing the label in the UK. Website: www.igloindi.com

Graphic designer Aðalbjörg Þórðardóttir and The Tin Can Factory, language school, receive ISK 500,000 to be able to collaborate on designing a language-learning board-game. Website: www.thetincanfactory.eu

Hugdetta design team receives 2,000,000 for marketing research and marketing campaign of their fishbone model-making kit. Website: www.hugdetta.com

Una Baldvinsdóttir recently received her MA degree in textile design. She is granted with ISK 500,000, as a support to her internship at the German design company Bless.

Iceland Design Centre receives ISK 1,000,000 to do research and collect resources for the making of a promotional documentary film on DesignMarch, the annual design festival organized by the center. Website: www.honnunarmidstod.is