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As cities are planned today, public spaces aren’t used equally amongst girls and boys; from the age of seven, girls occupy public spaces to a lesser degree than boys of the same age. This uneven and disproportionate usage continues as girls become women and boys become men.

The project group consisted of architects and social sustainability specialists from White, the Stockholm based theatre company UngaTur, teenage girls from the youth council of Skarpnäck municipality and pedagogues from the local municipal administration. Moving from dialogue to creation during a workshop, the participants had the opportunity to construct 1:50 models to represent a public space – by girls, for girls.

The girls chose a familiar site to work with and gave it a strong character with places for sitting together face to face, protected from weather and wind and the possibility to see without necessary be seen. Their design for a public space offered a sense of intimacy without being constrictive; and – just as important – the opportunity for girls to leave an imprint on their city.

Public Places for Girls

  • Project Start/End: 2016
  • Completed: 2017
  • City: Stockholm
  • Photographer/Illustrator: Angelica Åkerman


  • Angelica Åkerman
  • Rebecca Rubin
  • Moa Lindunger
  • Josefin Norén Almén
  • Mari-Liis Männik

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