A toolbox with 9 flexible building blocks

Her City supports urban development from a girl’s perspective. We guide urban actors to implement projects through a step-by-step methodology providing an open and digitally accessible platform for all. We facilitate an ongoing dialogue between professionals and citizens.

Support urban development from a girl’s perspective

Guide urban actors to implement projects through a step-by-step methodology

Provide an open and digitally accessible platform for all

Facilitate an ongoing dialogue between professionals and citizens

Block 1

Stakeholder engagement

Duration

4 weeks

Steps

16

The purpose of Block 1 is to identify and recruit stakeholders and target groups to participate throughout the project. Stakeholders and target groups will be key in carrying out the city-wide public space assessment and the site-specific public space assessment as well as the entire planning and design process.

Block 2

City wide assessment

Duration

7 weeks

Steps

15

The city-wide public space assessment aims to assess the state of public space at the city scale and to identify which areas are in most urgent need of improvement. It gathers geo-referenced information about public space accessibility, distribution, network and quality, using data collected from a diverse group of girls and young women.

Block 3

Site specific assessment

Duration

7 weeks

Steps

17

Block 3 provides a methodology to assess and measure the quality of a selected open public space and its five minutes walking radius (equivalent to 400-meter distance). It describes a participatory and incremental process to gather and analyse information by and with girls and young women through a series of activities and tools.

 

 

Block 4

Analysing challenges

Duration

1 week

Steps

23

Block 4 formalises brainstorming and is particularly suitable when professionals are working together with non-professionals. It is a way for multiple stakeholders to discuss complex issues in a constructive way and to work towards joint visions for a specific space. It teaches girls to “think like an architect” and gives professionals new knowledge from the user perspective.

 

Block 5

Designing ideas

Duration

5 weeks

Steps

16

Block 5 turns the ideas into designs for the new public space using a participatory digital tool. In this way, professionals and local authorities can more easily understand the community’s needs and how they wish to change the public space. The designs are also used as a basis for further plans and architectural drawings.

Block 6

Recommendations for action

Duration

1 week

Steps

12

Block 6 prioritises among the designs, crafts guidelines and develops recommendations and guidelines in multi-stakeholder groups. It collects the main findings from a project and outlines ways forward in terms of implementation. Participants develop policy recommendations for local, regional and national decision-makers and guidelines for implementing actors.

Block 7

Action plans

Duration

4 weeks

Steps

16

In this block the plan for the public space is set through a participatory process similar to a client-architect meeting. Starting from the results gathered throughout the process, the technical team and a group of girls develop a feasible design proposal. The proposal will then be further detailed to reach a final implementable plan for construction and maintenance.

Block 8

Sharing results

Duration

2 weeks

Steps

14

Block 8 communicates the results with the community, decision-makers and a wider audience. It will update decision-makers on the detailed result in order to start implementation. It will give the community the possibility to engage in the evolution of their local environment. And it will help you to share the results with other interested actors as a way to spread knowledge, highlight good practices and build capacity.

Block 9

Implementation and follow up

Duration

3 weeks

Steps

13

The last block aims to gather feedback on the process from participants, follow-up on the implementation during the construction phase, and provide an overall evaluation of the quality of the public space six months after construction is finalised.