Everyone wants an equal city, yet we continue to build cities as we have always done. There is a gap between how we want to work with urban planning and how we actually work. In Helsingborg, we have worked with equal places in the project #Varärtjejerna. Then we saw a need to work more long-term and to broaden ourselves to also include the equality perspective in the planning. The desire to create equal places is there, but it is often perceived as both difficult and expensive to work with soft issues.


To create a safe urban environment where everyone should feel seen, heard and welcomed, we must work with gender equality and equality in the public space. The City of Helsingborg is part of a Vinnova-funded project that intends to develop a certification system for equal places that includes everyone. The focus is on the city's common spaces - such as libraries, cultural and sports halls, schools, squares, parks and streets. The challenges are linked to Agenda 2030.


The City of Helsingborg is working together with Tengbom Architects, RISE and the Raoul Wallenberg Institute to develop a certification system for equal places that includes everyone.

We will now test how we can create more equal and inclusive places in a number of development projects. For example, a project that is linked to a new detailed plan, another a rebuilding of a site and a third the development of a central lane within the H + area. The system must be ready and available for all by 2022.

Peoples Walk is a lane in Oceanhamnen that will form a test bed, where we design and activate the surface together with residents and according to the equality principles and methods that are developed during the concept phase. During H22 expot, residents and visitors will make their own mark on the future lane by creating personal elements that are then used to build the lane.


Impact target

The goal is to broaden the perspective on spatial planning to also bring in the equality perspective.


Name: Moa Sundberg
E-mail: moa.sundberg@helsingborg.se