European Regional Development Fund
European Regional Development Fund


We are delighted to announce the registration for our upcoming lab, taking place in Denmark, Copenhagen & Nykøbing Falster, from 24 – 25 September! The Lab is FOR FREE, will take place ONLINE AND OFFLINE and will cover urban transformation from the perspective of children and young people based on experiences in Denmark and the Baltic Sea Region.

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How do children relate and connect with the city? How does urban transformation involve and relate to children, and how does the perspective of the child affect and contribute to the quality of our urban environment? How can we use the perspectives of children in the design and implementation of our urban projects?

Furthermore, how can processes of urban transformation include children and youth and give them a voice in the community and an understanding of how to interpret their surroundings, be more active in their own neighbourhood – and be part of participatory democracy for more inclusive and open cities?

In this context, how are schools, museums, libraries, and other art institutions working with children and are stepping outside the institution to work “implanté” and “site-specific” in public spaces and neighbourhoods increasingly. Finally, how do artists, in particular, find methods which allow and contribute notions of local identity, belonging, integration?

Open Call

If you would like to make a relevant and  presentation on behalf of an organization or your practice, please note this is in your registration. We will then contact you to discuss this. This is particularly relevant for international partners linked to the UCP project. There will be a session on Saturday, 25 September for this.





LOCAL TIME: 09:00 – 20:30

Breakfast at this new centre hosted by Head of Program, Pia Rost Rasmussen, presents DAC and their initiatives to engage children and young people in design, architecture and the city. We will look at strategic concepts as well as specific programmes.

  • 10.30-12.00: Bus from DAC Copenhagen to Guldborgsund kommune/Nykøbing Falster

Guldborgsund Kommune is a partner in the Nordic/Baltic project ”Urb Cultural Planning”. Their focus in this programme is on children and youth in the local community as an important aspect of ”creative urban social innovation”.   Guldborgsund commune has initiated an integrated strategy to engage with children of all ages in aspects of governance and community, environment, sustainability and creativity.

  • 12.00 -13.00: A visit to Wild Park project, with artists Søren Lose and Thomas Seest.

The artists are transforming the rather official passive park around the town hall into a wild park and looking at aspects of re-greening, climate change and biodiversity tackled in a series of open and inclusive actions with local residents and children.

  • 13.00-13.45: Guldborgsund Town Hall.

Children and Youth as key local strategies. Chairman Martin Lohse will give a short strategic overview and policy reflection on how children, youth and ‘dannelse’ are a focus for Guldborgsund Council. Head of Department of Citizen and Branding Lene Rikke Bresson and chief consultant in the Strategy Department, Susanne Schnohr, will also introduce essential strategic focal points within the cultural field and the municipal focus in Lindholm/Østebro.

  • 14.00-15.00: Activities with Jesper Sternberg.

Writer/poet Jesper Sternberg has been working with youngsters in writing and poetry in the Lindholm neighbourhood, focusing on the concept ‘here where we live’. He will present the poems as an outdoor exhibition in Lindholm.

  • 15.00-15.45: A visit to the exhibition of Bank & Rau.

Includes a presentation made by participating children and pedagogues.

  • 15.45-16.30: A short visit and introduction to Friheden.

This site will be transformed into a community nature park. Includes presentations on Saturday morning med landscape architects Kristine Jensen Architects and Gemeinschaft Consultants. A common walk in the neighborhood ending up in the shopping mall.

  • 16.30-17.30: Live Art presenation

The results of participatory workshops in an empty shop in Lindholmcentret with children during the week.

  • 17.30-19.00: Dinner with a distinct local original touch and with reflections on the bus
  • 19.00-20.30 Coach transport return to Copenhagen




LOCAL TIME: 09:30 – 15:30

  • 09.30-10.45 Danish Cultural institute

Steen Bisgaard Jensen from leading landscape architects Kristine Jensen Architects and anthropologist Astrid Rifbjerg de Thurah from Gemeinschaft are leading in community engagement processes. What are the challenges, how can processes be structured, and how can we include the energy, ideas, and needs of children in the process? They will include a presentation of their concept for “Friheden”, Nykøbing Falster.

  • 11.00-12.15 Danish Cultural Institute

Bettina Lamm, landscape architect and curator of public art projects, looks at some key examples of why and how involve children and young people in urban transformation and how this impacts approaches and supports strengthening place identity and inclusion.

  • 12.15-13.00 we grab a sandwich on the way to Nørrebro!
  • 13.00-14.15 Arki_Lab

We visit the Arki_Lab office in Nørrebro, where we will meet Ramus Frisk / Annette Frisk, directors of  Arki Lab, who specialize involving the community with their trademark  “demographic design processes” and we will learn from some of their recent projects in Copenhagen how they approach this and with particular focus on engaging children and young people.

  • 14.30 -15.30 Nørrebro (OFFLINE ONLY)

We take a walk in Nørrebro to visit some sites which Urban Detours have been working on with their pop up and do it yourself philosophy.



To register for the event, please follow this link and fill THIS FORM.

For more information, contact: sed[@]kit.dk