Panel discussion Conversation

The Neighbourhood of Tøyen

What kind of participation experiences can Tøyen provide for the rest of the city?

  • Location: The Former Edvard Munch Museum, Tøyengata 53
  • Organiser: 

    Oslo BOBY

Join the debate on participation in the Tøyen neighbourhood at the former Munch Museum.

Last winter, in the best sledding hill at Tøyen, a few hundred meters away from the former Munch Museum, light poles were installed in the bottom of the hill at the point where the kids reach maximum speed. Parents, Tøyen Sports Club and eventually local politicians reacted to this, as the light poles suddenly were transformed into dangerous objects. Although the measure probably was taken to increase safety, this is an example on how good intentions can go awry if initiatives realised don't go through a participatory process.

At the same time, Tøyen, Grønland and other parts of Bydel Gamle Oslo have had quite a few successful participatory processes that can serve as good examples to build upon in the future. This panel looks at co-creating with young people at Jordal Youth Club, testing out summer and winter activities at Grønland's Olafiagangen, as well as looking into a research project on co-creation carried out by Norwegian University of Life Sciences and Tverga, a human research center developing meeting places.

What kind of participation experiences can Tøyen provide for the rest of the city? How is participation integrated in the development of the neighbourhood? How do measures initiated through participation become sustainable?

Researchers, citizens, architects from MakersHub, Byantropologene, Bydel Gamle Oslo and the City of Oslo's Agency for Urban Environment joins the dicussion.

Tøyen Ungdom på åpent torg Evaluering av Olafiagangen bilde av Heidi Furre

Foto: Heidi Furre