What if equality was as important as materials and the environment when building a city? What if “soft” issues like feeling included were taken into account when laying the foundation of where you live?
FairSHARE is a project that’s taking the initiative and trying to bridge the gap between what we want from a city space and what actually gets built. Equality and inclusion are essential for secure city environments where everyone feels seen, heard, and welcome. A significant challenge in achieving this is reaching those who have little or no presence in the public space. The project has chosen an unusual approach to creating safe and inclusive spaces with room for everyone – a certification system. But how are these things even related?
Well, the project group noticed that more and more people in the building and urban planning sector had started working with environmental issues after a certification system was introduced. So what better way to ensure inclusion when building public spaces than by creating a framework where it becomes a natural part of the planning process. Isn’t that a neighbourhood where you’d like to live?
FairSHARE is a cooperation between RISE Research Institutes of Sweden, the City of Helsingborg, Tengbom, and the Raoul Wallenberg Institute that will be testing and learning how such a system could work. The overall challenges are linked to the 2030 Agenda – the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals for inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable cities and societies – and the goal is for the solution to be widely established, user-friendly, and practice-based. Read more about this Vinnova-funded project and imagine the smart city built to bring us together!