Lykkebo School designs the future

Location: Lykkebo School, Valby, Denmark
Client: Lykkebo School, Kulbane Area Renewal
Type: Education, Urban Interventions, Citizen Involvement
Status: Ongoing
Team members: Rasmus Frisk, Jeanette Frisk


In autumn 2016, in collaboration with teachers and students from Lykkebo School in Copenhagen, arki_lab put Kulbane’s future on the agenda. The project focused on creating awareness of the future Kulbane Park among students, and giving them a voice in the development of this local public space.

The project started of with two workshops at the school and aimed to give students insight into the design process where they learned to make simple site analyses, conduct small interviews, participate in creative brainstorming sessions, and design using small sketch models. The goal of the project is to facilitate young people in developing a physical identity for the new park by creating installations that will be placed at various important points in the Kulbane neighbourhood. The entire process was completed with a theme week, and a final ‘opening’ event, where parents, teachers, politicians and interested citizens could see the students’ work.

Design of physical installations
Through the themeweek the students engaged in the practical design process, and were a part of building the different installations.It is arki_lab’s task to design the installations in a way that most students can recognize themselves in the final result. At the same time, the designs should contain some sort of common thread, so that passers-by can see that the installations are related to each other. The installations will also mark the start of the Area Renewal’s work and give citizens a sense that change is on the horizon.

Involving children and young people
The goal of the project is to continue the dialogue with children and young people from the area about the development of the future Kulbane Park, and to mark the beginning of the Area Renewal’s work in physical form. The objective is for the course to provide young people with valuable insights into what it means to be an active citizen, methods to examine and understand their town, tools to express themselves creatively in terms of spatiality and materiality, and a renewed interest in architecture. At the same time, the project should complement the Area Renewal’s work with valuable insights on developing Kulbane Park, and ensure local awareness of the project. It is a unique learning opportunity for students to engage in an investigative, experimental, and creative process of urban development, urbanity, and of course architecture.

Aiming for real development and change in the young people’s local area is, in our experience, the best possible motivation for active participation and engaging learning – getting out of their usual environment and becoming an active part of their area’s development. In addition to the students feeling involved in the future development of the park, the purpose of the project is also to provide them with skills in design and craftsmanship, as well as an experience with a creative and innovative process that they can draw on in many other contexts in the future.


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