Integrated Child Impact Assessment
In Sweden, Stockholm Municipality before every urban development project requires and Integrated child impact assessment (ICIA). It is an analysis of how child friendly is the new urban development project. This is based on UNICEF Child Right Convention and Stockholm vision 2040.
Stockholm City -Sweden
Hammarbyhöjden, Hammarby Sjöstad, Gamla Tyresövägen, Stora Essingen .
Dialogues with children, illustrations, diagrams and maps for the rapport.
The Integrated Child Impact Assessment method is based on 3 steps:
1- Mapping all the relevant places where children usually spend their time e.g. all the locations of schools and kindergarten, all the locations of the parks , sport fields and all other meeting places where children meet.
2- Dialogues and workshops with children. The aim is to understand them, during the time the team is asking about where and how they usually play, meet, walk etc. what do they miss? How do they consider the traffic situation? What do they want to see in the future urban development?
3- The last step of this method is summarizing the outcome of the dialogues as guidelines for the urban planners to consider it during the urban development of the area. Each urban development project has its own ICIA.
A City made by kids for kids
“The beginners meet the professionals” was 8 days & 65 workshops with 250 children. The aim was to exchange experiences with children: How do Architects, Landscape Architects and Urban Planners work in everyday life. The participants were kindergarten kids up to the 5th grade primary school children.
Järfälla City -Sweden
Landskapslaget AB & Horn Uggla
Berghem, Järfälla -Sweden.
Mustafa was a project and workshop leader.
Cities by kids workshops method
First we asked them to collect packages from home e.g. milk package, shoes packages, toilet paper packs etc. These packages can be re-cycled to build a city made by themselves.
We explained and discussed what architecture is ? what are the different functions in the city? and what are kids’ needs in a city?. It was very interesting discussing, we learned a lot from kids. Even we are the experts when it comes to cities for children!
Kids were allowed to be responsible for one function in the city e.g. football field, schools, park etc. Then they started to sketch on A4 paper how this function could look like. Me and my team went around and developed the proposal together with the responsible kid/kids.
Kids were asked to model the drawing with the packages that they collected in the week before the workshops week. They use all the safe material to create the models. The material was provided by the school.
5. Build the city
In the end, the kids gathered all their models in the middle of the class. And then the urban planning workshop started. We talked about how different functions in the city can work together. What do we need in order to link these functions e.g. bike lanes, walk paths, public transportation e.g. After the discussion the kids put together the models and build the city.
Public Space by Children
The design workshops are in collaboration with students from primary school in Nacka in Sweden. The car parking space will be transformed to a meeting place and playground designed by children. This workshops aim to integrate children in the early design phase of the space and give them the knowledge about art and urban design.
Nacka City -Sweden
Planiavägen nacka, Nacka -Sweden.
Mustafa was a workshop leader.