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Back to the Future: Public Space Design by Girls: A case study of #UrbanGirlsMovement in Fittja, Sweden
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Human Geography.
2019 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Livability, sustainability, and accessibility in urban public space are growing concerns in urban research and policy agendas. The professional field, however, lacks perspectives for public space qualities. Academic research about women and girls’ involvement in the re-design of public spaces is scarce. The Swedish suburb of Fittja in Botkyrka municipality is characterized by modernism and functionalism and at the beginning of a large refurbishment process. In 2018, think tank Global Utmaning initiated #UrbanGirlsMovement Botkyrka with the purpose of improving the public spaces of Fittja together with multiple stakeholders, particularly girls and young women from Fittja. In this case study, multiple methods and concepts from feminist urban geography and public space research are applied to examine how livability is illustrated and understood by girls and in which ways these learnings can inform urban public space policies. The results highlight ways to discharge patriarchal structures in public space using a compact and multifunctional urban form, accessible to all citizens through a variety of unprogrammed activity options, vibrant hangspace and green beautification. A feminist approach to urban livability shows the importance of understanding the diversity of perspectives to livability in public space, and that these perspectives matter for how we understand planning principles.

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2019.
Keywords [en]
Public space, livability, urban feminist geography, case study, multiple methods, #UrbanGirlsMovement, Minecraft, Fittja
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Human Geography
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-169397OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-169397DiVA, id: diva2:1320495
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2019-06-03, 00:07
Available from: 2019-09-27 Created: 2019-06-05 Last updated: 2019-09-27Bibliographically approved

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