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Designing with children

October 7th, 09.00-12.00

Design methods for increasing children’s participation in city development processes

According to the United Nations Development Program (UNDP, 2017), participation is key to achieving sustainable development. However, our experience is that participation is a complex endeavor, especially when you are a small player in a large social system.

This activity contains a set of lectures by alumni from the Child Culture Design program at HDK, who share their experiences of working for and with children, which as a social group often is often marginalized when we are designing our cities. The focus for the lectures is to promote participatory design methods based for working with children, based on an artistic foundation. The over-all issue to discuss is how such methods can help to strengthen the children’s voice in development processes. The lectures take the starting point from the “Convention on the Rights of the Child” (UN, 1989), which will be a Swedish law from 2020. They especially focus on Article 31, which states that all children have the right to:

1. States Parties recognize the right of the child to rest and leisure, to engage in play and recreational activities appropriate to the age of the child and to participate freely in cultural life and the arts.
2. States Parties shall respect and promote the right of the child to participate fully in cultural and artistic life and shall encourage the provision of appropriate and equal opportunities for cultural, artistic, recreational and leisure activity.

The lectures will be held in English. Short breaks in between Lectures. Afterwards there will be a summarizing discussion.