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Bridging the Gap: Children and Planners Co-creating the Urban Space

How can children have more substantial impact on urban development? The project and focuses on three questions:

  • a) what specific knowledge and experience children contribute to when participating in planning processes?
  • b) How can a dialogue between children and planners be established? And
  • c) how may digital tools be of use to facilitate the process? The theoretical framework for analysis includes theories of participation, deliberative democracy, empowerment and action planning.

The project is a pilot study where a group och children, teachers and planners will be engaged in two phases: 1) “Participatory action”, where children, led by researchrs and teachers and as part of the school work, are testing tools and methods (e.g. Minecraft) for co-creating of urban space. 2) Knowledge production, where children, teachers and planners evaluate the tools and where the research questions are answered. The project intends in this way to contribute to the implementation by colluding the generate solutions of how children’s participation in urban delevopment may be turned into an ordinary process in which primary schools and planning departments interact.

Project leader:
MariAnne Karlsson, Design and Human Factors, Chalmers University of Technology.

Participating researchers from CFK:
Barbro Johansson, associate professor of ethnology
Sandra Hillén, PhD, ethnology

Funded by Formas 2014-2016



Barbro Johansson
Sandra Hillén


Sidansvarig: Henric Karlsson |Sidan uppdaterades: 2016-11-21

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