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Råslätt researchbild

Foto: Inger Höjer Aspemyr

Råslätt researchbild

Foto: Inger Höjer Aspemyr

Råslätt researchbild

Foto: Inger Höjer Aspemyr

RÅSLÄTT, JÖNKÖPING

In Råslätt, optimism in the future is growing in collaboration with residents, associations, religious communities and the municipality. The residents want to work with art to strengthen the project and consolidate the optimism. And to raise the profile of the neighbourhood.

The Råslätt residential area lies south of central Jönköping and is divided in two parts with shops and community facilities in the centre. The six to eight floors multi-dwelling units were built in the early 1970s. The area is characterised by traffic-free green areas.

Activities and associations in Råslätt include the Family Centre, Stadsgården Youth Centre, Underground/RFG, Råslätt Sports Club, the Somali Association, Mix Dancers, Young Eagles Råslätt and study circles in collaboration with ABF, the Workers’ Educational Association. The municipal housing company Vätterhem is an active actor in Råslätt.

WHAT’S HAPPENING?

One of the goals is to enable young girls to assert themselves more in the public domain. Another is to create opportunities for different generations to get together. A third is to raise the profile of the neighbourhood. Currently, possible collaborations are being discussed between architects, artists and residents and the people active in the area in order to make proposals on how to achieve the goals.

WHICH IS THE MOST IMPORTANT ISSUE?

“What do inclusive aestheticians look like? How do we tell different stories in the public domain that provide space for a variety of ways to be and act?

“Buildings, spaces and places tell you what desirable behaviour is (what you are allowed to do in a shopping centre, on a football field, in a dance school) and designate space for different groups in society. Architecture is thus not a neutral background or a container. Its design and content manifest and establish political values and ideas. And as such it is also a means of change; it can provide space for activities that were previously marginalised, creating opportunities for new bodies to emerge.

In collaboration with a dance school and the activists Mix-dancers, whose premises are on the lower level of the Råslätt Cultural Centre, MYCKET wants to create a place in the limelight, outside the walls of the cellar, where dance, music and socialising out can happen.”

APPLICANT

The Municipality of Jönköping