Open Public Space / Öppna offentliga 

Open Public Space / Öppna offentliga rum is a research project investigating how ‘openness’ principles in the participatory redesign of public space with citizens of all ages can contribute to the development of socially inclusive public spaces. The project builds on the urgency of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda and the goal of making cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable (SDG 11) coupled with the related shortcoming that most public spaces today are not inviting or accessible for children. The project explores 1) the possibilities, functions, and limitations of ‘open participation’ where modular systems, loose parts, fluidity, and assemblage will be investigated in two real-life cases in Brussels and Gothenburg, in close collaboration with local stakeholders; and 2) new and supporting roles for municipalities in open processes. The project will result in 'open participation' guidelines and associated training for municipal officials, as well as an online open course accessible to design, architecture and planning practitioners; socially engaged community artists; activist and grassroots movements; and engaged citizens.



Socially sustainable urban development, Children's participation, Participatory design

Host institution

HDK-Valand Academy of Art and Design, University of Gothenburg


Annelies Vaneycken, Helena Kraff, Lieselotte van Leeuwen


Urban Futures (SE), City of Gothenburg: City Planning Office & The Democracy and Citizen Services (SE), Toestand (BE), OpenStructures (BE)