The design of spaces is not neutral. It is the result of beliefs, values and roles, amongst other things, which reflect the society in which we live. School playgrounds are no different in this regard. It is in their recreational space, day after day, that children learn a way of positioning themselves and of relating that, to some extent, will influence their socialisation in adulthood. Hence the importance of studying these spaces in order to be able to carry out interventions that will yield positive impacts.
The Espai Aliat (Allied Space) project sets out to conduct a close observation of the Humanista Mariner Primary School playground from a coeducational perspective. Its goal is to identify existing power dynamics among the pupils and evaluate ways of improving these interactions, thus contributing to the development of the student body both as a whole and at the level of the individual. Ultimately, it is hoped that the result will be the joint construction of a more egalitarian future society.