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Workshop: For whose body is the city created?

Aktion Arkiv  and Karin Forss, Tove Samzelius, Shimeng Zhou and Jennie Argerich hold the workshop For whose body is the city created? A workshop on intersectional urban planning.

During the workshop we will illustrate how feminist and intersectional perspectives can influence how cities are built and planned today. Intersectionality makes visible how categories such as gender, age, skin color, ethnicity, socio-economic background, place of residence, education and more cooperate and enhance each other, and how this creates advantaged and disadvantaged groups. The concepts are discussed with the help of a tool for intersectional analysis developed by Sweco, originally at the request of Länsstyrelsen Stockholm. During the workshop we will use a case study to make it easier to understand how the framework functions in practice.

Aktion Arkiv works with architecture and urban science and has developed a form of participating historiography through actions that bring together different actors and audiences around urban, cultural, historical and political issues. Aktion Arkiv consists of Sara Brolund de Carvalho, Meike Schalk and Helena Mattsson.

The workshop is part of Aktion Arkiv’s participation in the Tensta museum branch at ArkDes during the fall. Their work in the exhibition explores the forgotten but simultaneously unique process of user participation that caused the transformation of the block Glömmingegränd in Tensta. The workshop will take place in the exhibition room adjacent to Aktion Arkiv’s installation.

Participation is free but limited to 25 people, therefore making notification of interest obligatory.
Sign up by sending an email to by 19 November at the latest.

Participants are invited from Stockholm stad, Boverket, Länsstyrelsen and elsewhere, though there are a few places open for the public. Everyone is expected to participate, actively working in groups.

The workshop takes place ArkDes, in the exhibition Tensta Museum Branch.


Jennie Argerich is a civil engineer and a cultural geographer focused on social sustainability. She works as a Project Manager at Stockholms stad’s office of exploitation, developing a model for social value-creation in urban development, gender equality integration within the work place and runs the office’s gender equality network.

Sara Brolund de Carvalho is an artist and architect with a special interest in urban pedagogy and the meaning of common rooms for the creation of social sustainability. She is now a guest researcher at ArkDes where she develops the project “Utopia in action: co-housing in the future?”

Karin Forss is a professor in gender studies focused on intersectional theory and gender budgeting. Forss works as a consultant at Sweco working on developing methods of support for gender integration, education and the standardization of criticism and evaluation.

Tove Samzelius is a PhD student in Social Work at Malmö University and a thematic counsellor for Rädda Barnen. She works with social housing issues and wrote the rapport ”En plats att kalla hemma – barnfamiljer i bostadskrisens skugga.”

Shimeng Zhou är statsvetare, kulturgeograf och miljöhumanist med fokus på intersektionell teori samt maktdimensioner av miljö- och klimatförändringar och utformningen av offentliga miljöer. Hon arbetar som konsult på Sweco med frågor som för jämställdhet och social hållbarhet.


Thursday 29 November