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, JämtJämlikt, for equal places that include 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 has for three years worked together with Tengbom Architects, RISE and the Raoul Wallenberg Institute to develop a certification system for equal places that includes everyone. A sharp version of the certification was completed at the end of 2021 and is now being tested in several places.
In Helsingborg, we have since the beginning of 2021 tested the draft of JämtJämlikt through the project People's Walk, which is a stretch in Oceanhamnen. There, 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 the H22 expo, residents and visitors will make their own mark, among other things by milling messages into 4,000 recycled paving stones for the future lane that will be completed after H22.