The Office for Public Play researches the influence play can have on the culture, shape and functioning of the city and its public spaces. Play unites and builds bridges between cultures and generations and seeks to contribute to a healthy, liveable and sustainable city. Through lectures, workshops, art projects and exhibitions Annelies Vaneycken wants to show the importance play can have in our everyday life.

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    All questions for the Office for Public Play are welcome via +46 (0)765 82 95 70 or info@officeforpublicplay.org.

   Office for Public Play is part of the research project “Kids in Space: what children can learn us about the design of public spaces” of designer Annelies Vaneycken. The project’s aim is to research and develop a methodological framework that will help art and design researchers that are working on public space projects with a participatory focus. More specifically, this practice-based PhD wants to research how future design of public spaces can stimulate and contribute to social meeting and interaction between different multicultural groups and subgroups in a playful way in order to contribute to a more coherent identity and social interaction. An important issue is the question of how to involve children and young adults as experts on subjects as “play” and “trigger” in ways that can be useful to make public spaces more social, playful and accessible for different user-groups. How to use their experiences, ideas and reflections to create tools and a methodological framework to change public spaces.

The research project is hosted by HDK, School of Design and Craft / University of Gothenburg and is part of TRADERS (‘Training Art and Design Researchers in Participation for Public Space’), a European FP7, Marie Curie Actions, Multi-ITN project, researching methods for participation for designing public space.




This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no 608299.