Activating Spaces with neuroDiverse Publics

Playable cities for all

An EU-funded project for New European Bauhaus transformations towards climate-neutral, beautiful and inclusive cities

The ASD Publics: Activating Spaces for Neurodiversity project has created new tools and methods to design sustainable and inclusive play areas for and with children with ASD and their families. 

The aim of the project is to reimagine and transform playgrounds in cities in order to provide design guidelines to increase the potential for inclusive play and nature-based solutions in public space that can be implemented in other cities or countries.

The pilot was held in the Les Glòries park and in the courtyard of a school in Barcelona. The workshops had temporary facilities where children were invited to play and experiment freely. Observing their sensory and psychomotor responses, as well as their choices for specific materials and spaces, will offer valuable information about their play preferences and spaces that the project aims to understand.


Co-creation method

The method will allow exploring public spaces together with children and families from the ASD community in order to enhance more inclusive play and nature-based solutions.

Design playbook

The playbook will offer guidelines for the design of public spaces considering what has been learned through the different activities of the project.


Workshops at La Clariana, Les Glóries park. Barcelona.
Blanca Calvo (Principal Investigator): “The needs of children with autism are hardly ever taken into account»

«The families were very happy because we also offered them the opportunity to go to the park without feeling judged. That wasn’t the objective of the project, but we realized the number of social conflicts they have to deal with every day. They were also very pleased that someone was thinking about what they needed.»

About us

TURBA (Urban Transformation and Global Change Laboratory) research group is the project leader of ASD Publics. It is part of the Internet Interdisciplinary Institute (IN3) at Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC). TURBA has extensive experience in European co-creation projects. Examples of these initiatives are PERFORM, COOLSCHOOLS ,T-Factor and EPSN.

Global Institute of Neurodevelopment Integrated Care (IGAIN) is a national reference centre for the diagnosis of neurodevelopmental disorders and treatment. It trains professionals in ASD and accredits ASD diagnostic instruments in America and Europe. It offers evidence-based treatment for people with ASD throughout their life cycle.

LEMUR urban emergency laboratory is an interdisciplinary international association that generates communal spaces of wellbeing and promotes ecosocial transitions through educational and research initiatives, integrating architecture and environmental engineering. Some examples of its projects are Arrels, El cos de la casa, De l’escola al mercat, and La pell de la ciutat a Glòries.

Past activities

Public space, play and neurodiversity
Challenges towards an urban european agenda

International online seminar in English.
24th of January 2023 11:00 h.

Public space, play and neurodiversity
Present and future challenges for the design of neurodiversity inclusive public spaces 

Face to face (català). Barcelona, 23rd of January 2023 17:00 h.
Col·legi d’Arquitectes de Catalunya (COAC), Sala Mirador.

Designing cities for inclusive play
ASD Publics Learnings: Playable Cities for Everyone

Online in Spanish. December 14 2022 14:30-16:00 (CET)

October at Glòries square, invitation required

The workshops are organised for a small group of children with ASD and their families. They aim to put into practice and improve the co-creation methodology developed by the project, to test nature-based solutions (NBS) of playable spaces in the city.

Discussion sessions
November, invitation required

The results and learnings from the workshops will be reviewed by different experts in the discussion sessions. The objective is to evaluate the co-creation methodology and outline the design guide.

ASD Publics’ public presentation 
Face to Face.

Friday, 21st of October 2022, UOC 22@



Aprenem Autisme

Supported by

EIT Community New European Bauhaus ASD Publics is supported by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), a body of the European Union.


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