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SAVE THE DATE: OAT 2022: Neighbourhoods – public space for everybody, October 27

Oslo Architecture Triennale

NEIGHBOURHOODS – public space for everybody

Thursday 27 October, 16:30-19:30

The former Edvard Munch Museum (Tøyengata 53, Oslo) & online

Presentations in English, panel debate in Norwegian

Public spaces are stages for our common lives. This is where we live our everyday lives, exchange ideas, knowledge and goods and gather around celebrations. We want our public spaces welcoming for everyone, as meeting-places in our diverse urban neighbourhoods.

However, we do also experience parks and streets that are either empty, in little use or dominated by single groups. Squares that are not appreciated by women, are often used by even more vulnerable groups. Conflicting interests are seen between children’s need for playgrounds and drug-users and dealer’s meeting places. Such troubled public spaces bear witness to a need for new approaches to the development of thriving neighbourhoods where no – one is left behind.

Safety is one of the most decisive factors for people who wants to make use of public space, this is in particular true for girls and women. More than 130 countries around the world have laws that, in the name of security, are barriers to women’s movement. Simultaneously, it is the presence of others that generate a feeling of safety. In order to create welcoming public spaces that contain competing interests, we need more than an empty stage: We need to explore a combination of social, physical, technological and organisational approaches and solutions together with the different users.

At this event Habitat Norway explores how we can create better public spaces in urban neighbourhoods, drawing on global and local practices with a theoretical approach and practical examples. How do we include groups with different needs and resources?


16:00 Arrival, registration and refreshments

16:00 Videos by SDI Kenya KnowYourCityTV YouTube channel Residents from Mukuru in Nairobi document and collect data about their neighbourhood.

16:30 Live-streaming of music performance from a public space outside the Mukuru Youth Initiative (MuYI) HUB – Nairobi, Kenya. Don’t miss a chance to experience a live performance brought to you directly from the largest informal settlement nested in the industrial area of Nairobi, Kenya.

17:00 Welcome

17:00-17:05 Introduction to the concepts safety and security, from the board of Habitat Norway, Ellen S. de Vibe.

17:05-17:10 Ministry of Foreign Affairs, State Secretary of international development, Bjørg Sandkjær.

17:10-17:15 Youth welcome, UN Youth envoy Jayathma Wickramanayake.

17:15 Policies and planning perspectives: Inclusion and safety in urban public spaces

17:15-17:25 Planning for a city for allsafety and security through participation of women, youth and other vulnerable groups, UN Habitat, Safer cities programme, Juma Assiago.

17:25-17:35 Theory of change – Place-making and relational well being, Global Infrastructure Basel Foundation (GIB), Safe&sound cities programme, Kelly Donovan.

17:35-17:45 Creativity and conflict in planning – Youth participation and capacity building, Oslo Metropolitan University, Ingar Brattbakk.

Pause 10 min

18:00 Action and activities of change – inclusive and safe public spaces for all

18:00-18:10 Experiences from youth building safety from the Safe&sound cities programme programme, Youth from Envigado, Colombia.

18:10-18:20 The hustle of social inclusion: the Mukuru Special planning areaYouth community mobilizers in the SPA process, Laura Marano.

18:20-18:30 Reclaim Women’s Space – inclusive architecture and differentiated public space, Eva B. Storrusten, architect MNAL.

Pause 5 min

18:35-18:45 Youth jobs and data collection, Youth from the YouCount-project, Tøyen Unlimited and Oslo Metropolitan University.

18:45-19:00 Participation in area regeneration programme Grønland and Tøyen – Bydel Gamle Oslo, Områdeløft, Ida Ufoma Helgheim Ijeabuonwu.

19:00 Panel – hvordan skape rettferdige, trygge og inkluderende offentlige byrom i nabolag i byen?

Ellen de Vibe – leder panelet, på norsk/in Norwegian


19:30 End


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