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Playtime, everyone outside!

A community project with children and young people from the Raval


A project for children and young people to become active agents in shaping the urban space around them. The project is rooted in the territory and connects primary schools with secondary schools and various cultural, municipal and community agents.

What space does the city reserve for children? Where do they play and with whom? And if we invited them to design their own spaces for play out on the streets, what would these look like? This project proposes to a group of children and young people from the Raval neighbourhood a workshop to try to respond to these questions. During three months, and in the company of architects from the Voltes cooperative, primary school children will go out to explore two squares in the neighbourhood, will reflect on the use made of them by residents, and will imagine two play elements to transform the squares into more entertaining and inhabitable spaces. At a second stage, their designs will be made reality at the workshops of the Impulsem cooperative, which will coordinate their construction with a group of secondary school students. The games, once constructed, will be available for use by the neighbourhood’s children during the following summer within the framework of the community project “Raval Educational Summer”, driven by young people in training at Impulsem and with the  collaboration of the Joint Resources Bank.

“Playtime, everyone outside!” is a community project that is part of the Caixa d'eines cultural and educational programme of Barcelona City Council Neighborhood Plan, and a collaboration between Voltes Architectural Cooperative, Impulsem and the CCCB, and with the participation of primary and secondary schools in the Raval neighbourhood: Escola Collaso i Gil, Escola Milà i Fontanals, Escola Rubén Dario, Institut Escola Elisabets, Institut Miquel Tarradell and Institut Milà i Fontanals.

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Documentary about the educational project "Playtime, everyone outside!"

Throughout the 2022–2023 school year, 175 children and young people from the Raval district in Barcelona took part in an educational and community initiative to reconsider the play spaces in their neighbourhood. This documentary, created by filmmaker Raimon Fransoy, follows the research ...

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