MakersHub is a design collective established in 2015 with the goal to tackle social challenges through architecture and design. In a variety of projects, in size and scope, from temporary urban space renewals to interior upgrades, they deploy participation methods, self-construction and hands-on activities as tools for empowerment of vulnerable groups. By involving the end users in the design and realisation processes they increase the feeling of self-confidence and achieve a sense of belonging and ownership that benefits the community.
Initiated by Else Abrahamsen and Jack Hughes that together with an ever growing group of volunteers through lectures and teaching, they work as ambassadors wanting to inspire people to become more aware of the social responsibility that architects and designers have or should have as professionals.
MakersHub is all about community, mastery and making people and places visible.
Growlab Oslo is a group of designers, architects and urban activists working to bring about positive change through public engagement, research and design.
They specialise in human-centered design and participatory working methods borrowing tools from anthropology, with the aim to engage and involve citizens in the co-creation of meaningful designs, inclusive and diverse meeting places.
In their work, they explore local potential and with their skills within visual communication, product design and architecture, they create tools and interventions for local change, addressing issues around ecology and radical farming and the improvement of local ecosystems.
Growlab Oslo was founded by Mads Pålsrud and Tabea Glahs. It all started as an MA project in order to investigate the social responsibility of designers and the past 5 years it has grown into an open source platform of sources and tools for socially responsible design.
Léva Urban Design is an innovative design company based in Oslo and Stavanger that helps make cities, neighborhoods and living spaces a better fit for the public. Its main goal is to create more socially sustainable places and processes through creative and hands-on projects.
They use participation and playfulness as drivers for involving the general public as much as possible, while producing tangible results.
Léva Urban Design was the main project leader for the regeneration of Olafiagangen in Grønland, where together with Growlab and Makershub they reinvented the busy passageway under the concrete bridge as a colorful park and playground, with the contribution of kids and residents.