Playable cities for all

Activating Spaces with neuroDiverse Publics

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

The Project

The ASD Publics: Activating Spaces for Neurodiversity project will create 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.

Workshops at La Clariana, Les Glóries park. Barcelona.

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.

Participatory sessions

To develop in October and November.
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.


The results will be shared from the month of December.
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.


Open to anyone interested in the theory and the learning path of the project
Public presentation 

Face to Face + Recording. Friday, 21st of October, UOC 22@

ASD experts focus
Online. 14th of December 14:30-16:00 (CET)

Open meetings

Open to anyone interested in how to integrate the co-creation method and the design guideline into their practice
ASD community focus
January 2023 (date to be announced)
Urban practitioners focus
January 2023 (date to be announced)



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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