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Norm-creative visualization in urban development

A preliminary study, “Norm-creative visualization in urban development,” was conducted in 2015-2016. Now you can take part in the handbook and the guide produced in the project.


A preliminary study, Norm-creative visualization in urban development, was conducted in 2015-2016. The study shows that visualizations used in urban development processes are frequently stereotypical in terms of age, gender, functional range and ethnicity. However it also demonstrates the potential to use visualizations to highlight and pursue norm-critical perspectives in urban development processes in order to achieve innovative norm-creative solutions.

Normkreativ visualisering

Handbook and guide

There is now a manual and a guide to download. There you can read the background to the project and take part in the tactics that are suggestions for how to work practically with norm-critical visualization.


  • Funded by Vinnova
  • The feasibility study lasted from 2015-2016
  • The project lasted 2017-2019

The project is being run by: Visual Arena, Lindholmen Science Park, in collaboration with White arkitekter, Skanska, RISE and Chalmers Architecture. Collectively, the parties represent research, implementation and dissemination.

Responsible for the development work: Marcus Jahnke, RISE,

Responsible for follow-up research: Julia Fredriksson, Chalmers Arkitektur,

Reference group:
The project is linked to a reference group comprised of people with norm-critical and intersectional expertise, representatives of Swedish municipal planning practices and a visualization researcher. The participants in the reference group are: the City Planning Authority, the City of Gothenburg; Älvstranden Utveckling AB; the City of Malmö; the City of Borås; and Eskilstuna Municipality; as well as Monica Billger, professor in visualization; Afrah Nasser, human rights-activist and journalist from Jemen; Hanna af Ekström, functionalism-activist and doctoral student at HDK; and Mariana Alves, queer-activist and research scientist.

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