In 2010, the project Young Subway has involved approximately 120 children and youths from a socially disadvantaged neighbourhood (Granängen) in the municipality of Tyresö, in Greater Stockholm. The project’s objective is to reduce vandalism.
The young people have been given the opportunity to actively influence their local environment by designing the artistic decoration of the pedestrian subways leading to and from their neighbourhood. The number of reported graffiti offences in both the neighbourhood and the wider municipality has increased between 2008 and 2010, and the subways are places where many of the reported graffiti offences have been committed. It is notable that very few incidents of graffiti or vandalism, or none at all, have occurred in and around the subway which the young people have been involved in decorating.
One of the project’s guiding ideas is that vandalism and other crimes can be prevented by actively involving young people in the artistic and architectural design of their local environment.
The project has been based on three guiding principles:
- Active participation in designing and forming the local environment should promote participation in society at large
- A beautiful environment promotes a desire to preserve it
- It is possible to reduce vandalism by architectural means
The project started in 2010 and is now finished.
Last review: October 2017.