Nordic Placemaking TALK – A Child Friendly City, Episode 1

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A child friendly city: Lessons from the Nordics

When? Tuesday 2nd of February, 12-12.50 CET.  

Where? Online (Zoom link will be sent before the event)

Children have a completely different perspective of how the city functions and what developing a good urban environment means. They are simultaneously one of the most creative and vulnerable groups in our cities, yet are rarely directly involved in the process of designing and imagining public spaces. This can restrict their ability to move, play, and grow, putting into question the liveability of future cities.

As the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child has recently been made into Swedish law, sharing lessons and best practices on children’s participation is crucial. How should we approach and engage children to actively shape their environment? How can we make their voices heard and translate them into design or planning principles? 

Bringing examples from Norway and Sweden, the webinar investigates what it means to work with a children’s perspective, and how children’s participation in placemaking can be further achieved. 


Ingvil Aarholt Hegna, DOGA, Norway 

Ingvil is a senior adviser at Design and Architecture Norway, specialised in cooperation and social sustainability. She will present “Kids’ Tracks” (Barnetråkk) – A tool to map together with children their uses and experiences of their urban environment. 

Ahmed Al-Breihi, Riskfulplay, Sweden 

Ahmed is an Activity Designer and Project Manager at Riskfulplay, where he investigates the conditions for an active lifestyle through involving children and young people. He will talk about the initiative and co-creating active spaces with children.

About Nordic Placemaking Talk

Started in Fall 2020, the webinar series focuses on placemaking: a method to co-create attractive and safe cities and places. Behind Nordic placemaking talks stand Future Place Leadership, the Safer Sweden Foundation, and LINK Arkitektur – who together are the initiators of the project Placemaking in the Nordics. 

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Elise Perrault


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