Author: Teres Selberg


Dansbana! is an organization creating public spaces for dance with hands-on, dance-specific methods, to change statistics showing that young girls are heavily underrepresented as users of public spaces for activities. At the same time the concept of the historical building typology ‘dansbana’ is updated to meet the needs and wishes of local dance communities in today’s contemporary world.

Using the informal urban context of Bissau parallel with a site within the Malmö hospital area, this research aims at a) visualizing methods of inclusive and context-specific production of public space with young girls as focus group b) developing further the cross-disciplinary participatory methods used within the organization Dansbana! today c) expanding the role of the architect through playful, performative investigations.

Keywords: public space, participatory methods, performative architecture, inclusive design, dansbana, public space for dance