Tools for Inclusion and Access to Urban Green Infrastrucures

Reference number 2018-04141
Coordinator Sveriges Lantbruksuniversitet - Inst. för Landskapsarkitetkur, planering och förvaltning
Funding from Vinnova SEK 4 982 448
Project duration November 2018 - December 2022
Status Ongoing
Venture Innovationer för ett hållbart samhälle
Call 2018-02535-en

Purpose and goal

Urban green spaces are important for health and wellbeing, and all people have a right to feel welcome, safe and to use these spaces without fear, anxiety or stress. This project will develop solutions for increased and equal accessibility to green spaces in collaboration with groups who currently experience barriers to access. These barriers may be physical or emotional and can relate to various grounds of discrimination. The more specific purpose of the project is to develop tools for participation and co-creation in the planning, design and management of urban green spaces.

Expected results and effects

We will develop a co-creative process and toolbox that: a) identifies experienced challenges to accessibility in outdoor environments; b) identifies needs and design requirements; and c) develops local, context-sensitive solutions. The co-creative process and toolbox will be based on the principles of universal design and the varied conditions that different people experience in relation to green spaces. It can be used by, for example, municipalities, developers or public space experts. The process will be applicable in Sweden and internationally.

Planned approach and implementation

The project has three dimensions for implementation; theory, development and experimentation. The theoretical dimension will deepen our knowledge and understanding of actors, resources, current conditions and discourses. The development dimension will develop the solutions (a process model and toolbox), while the experimental dimension will test the tools in practice (testbeds). Project implementation is organised in three work packages over four years: AP1: Knowledge and concept development (year 1) AP2: Testbeds (years 2-4) AP3: Project management (years 1-4)

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