Urban Run with Blågård School

Andreas MortensenEducation, Tools

Last week, 80 young people, both 7th and 8th graders from Blågårdskolen, joined arki_lab for an urban run through Copenhagen.

After a short introduction from Jeanette, our students, equipped with their smartphones, went out in the city to discover places and practice some site analysis. Using the hashtag #urbanrun14 on Instagram, they shared over photos of the city, reflecting on public space and the way they feel in it.
Here is the map showing their itinerary through Nørrebro :

It was a successful session, the good weather was part of it, and students had fun while exercising both through the run and in urban spots like Guldberg byplads or Multipladsen at the crossing of Sankt Hans gade and Ravnsborggade.

A lot of them discovered places they didn’t know, though these are very close to the school. We were surprised that their “daily movements area” is actually smaller than we thought. Even the teachers who saw themselves as real Copenhageners, discovered new places through the run ! The Urban Run was a way for both students and teachers to have a new perspective on their own neighborhood and to get inspired for the project ahead.
It was also surprising for arki_lab that some students didn’t want to use their personal Instagram account to upload photos from the Urban Run. Is it that urban runs are not cool enough ? Anyway, Jeanette and Michelle realized the limits of using Instagram in this module, and the need for a different platform, more open, where you don’t need to have an account to contribute, and where you can build on the photos you take, more than just adding filters. (Stay tuned for the official launch of CoCityApp, a digital tool for co-creating the city !)
Great inputs were made from the students, showing that they have an original approach to the urban environment, and that they also have their say about it.

We are excited for the next steps with these young people from our neighborhood, this collaboration looks very promising. arki_lab cannot wait to see what will come up through their work in the next few months…which will be exhibited at the Danish Art Foundation 50th anniversary in november !


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