Åsa Samuelsson

Equalizer – a tool for equal and inclusive activity spaces

The city's spaces are for everyone. But in practice, it does not always work. In the Equalizer research project, we focus on the city's various activity spaces where girls are heavily underrepresented. Why is that? What prevents the girls to be active in these spaces? And what can we do about it? Equalizer is a collaboration between Nyréns Arkitektkontor, Malmö City and researchers at Lund University and Malmö University. We use the city as a full-scale arena and together with young girls we explore and transform some selected spaces in Malmö. Within the project we have developed a method we call "Interferences" that we apply in both analysis and prototype testing. The Interferences are a way of taking part in the spaces to see what happens to the patterns and hierarchies that exist today. 
This autumn, the next step of Equalizer will start, together with Lund municipality and with the continuous support of Vinnova, norm-critical innovation.

Åsa Samuelsson, architect SAR, Nyréns Arkitektkontor, has long experience of being an architect driving urban development, housing development and public spaces. 
Åsa has developed and adapted Designdialog for the urban development context and she is used to facilitate co-creative dialogue processes with citizens and different stakeholders in the urban development industry. She has a particular focus on raising social aspects in the assignments and believes strongly that the public spaces should be for everyone. 
In addition to Equalizer, she participated in the recent competition for a new park in Hyllie in Malmö, where she was part of Nyrén's winning team as an expert in gender equal spaces, as well as the ongoing exhibition DESIRE at the Form / Design Center where she contributed to the Nyréns presence; an inspiration book about how to use public spaces on equal terms.