Social byggnorm – how architecture and social relations affect each other

Social byggnorm (social construction norms) is an initiative aiming to develop equal physical work environments. Together with Carlstedt architects, researchers have developed building norms that make light of how architecture and social relations affect each other. The project also aims to contribute to new ways of thinking, designing and building public spaces.

”We know that there is a connection between the physical environment and social relations and that they influence each other.”

Emma Börjesson

An example presented in Social byggnorm entails changing rooms at fire stations from an equality perspective. That all started in research and development within the innovation- and collaboration project FIRe, Future Inclusive Rescue service, which is about using norm criticism to examine, challenge and change the physical environment at fire stations.

Changing room with silhouettes of people showering, sitting or entering the room. Illustration.