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Play for democracy will shape the new town hall

Ängelholm’s children’s play and artistic sides will shape the new town hall in Ängelholm, a small city in the south of Sweden. The municipality of Ängelholm, together with four other actors, has been awarded SEK 2.5 million for the joint research project Play for Democracy.

Ängelholm’s children and young people will be invited to an artistic process about democracy, architecture, city, design and play. The site for the project will be Ängelholm’s new town hall and the focus is on children and young people’s right to participate in shaping the public environment.

– Ängelholm’s new town hall is just the right place for Play for Democracy. Including Ängelholm’s youngest residents will be a strength in such a symbol-laden project as a town hall. We take the game seriously and contribute to completely new research on children’s participation in urban development, says Pernilla Theselius, city architect in Ängelholm municipality.

Play for democracy is a regional collaboration project between Form / Design Center, Konstfrämjandet Skåne, Lund University of Technology at Lund University, Tankesmedjan Movium at SLU and Ängelholm Municipality. The research project is carried out within Forma’s call Designed living environment.