TANGO – Towards A New Inter-Generational Openness (in connection with 365 Wellbeing Suburb)

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TANGO (2012-2013) was an EU-supported cultural project between three European design universities: Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Helsinki; L’École de design Nantes Atlantique, Nantes; And Politecnico di Milano, Milan.

Tango, Towards A New Inter-Generational Openness is a set of activities organized by the AH-Design project. The project provides a participatory platform for investigating how design can improve people’s everyday lives. Together the students of the participant universities explore issues of sustainability and social inclusion. Local communities and local people are invited to participatory processes for environmentally and socially innovative design concepts, setting the stage for future implementations.

In 2013, the project culminates in three exhibitions, one in each participating city. The name TANGO suggests a communication – a kind of dance – between the designers and different members of society. The exhibitions communicate the concepts and ideas developed during the process to wide audiences. The aim is to re-vision contemporary everyday realities, especially in suburban areas.

TANGO exhibition at Design Museum Gallery, Helsinki, Finland (26.4.-26.5.2013):
See the TANGO exhibition info here, and a press release about the project here.

As a part of TANGO, Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture has been running the following course, which are also linked to the ongoing 365 Wellbeing project:

Repicturing Suburban Neighborhood course in Kannelmäki
(16th of April – 8th of June, 2012)

The objective of the course is to identify the identity of the Kannelmäki area to address ways to increase its potential and profile. During the course the students will create meeting places for encounters among inhabitants. Local culture and artistic activities will be utilized as mediums for delivering beneficial intergenerational interactions and revitalization models in the everyday life of suburban neighborhoods. The flow of the course has included an intensive and open workshop and exhibition in Kannelmäki’s Cultural Center 2nd – 8th of May.

The course focus is on social wellbeing, a good neighborhood and intergenerational dialogue. During the course students will evaluate their ideas with the locals in real context situations. The results of the week-long course can be seen in the three presentations, which are works in progress, and can be downloaded from the project website. The research and the project will continue until June.

More information on the project website: