Pazapa is a game which aims to teach children about “respectful coexistence” in schools. It offers a scalable and customizable environment which lets each child appropriate the space around them fairly, first in the classroom and then in the playground. By acting at an early stage in the development of their personalities, the game helps change mentalities in the long-term. Each child creates and adopts social behaviors based on non-gender related constructs.
“Backed up by in-depth reading and numerous surveys in the school environment, Célia’s analysis highlights a very promising research question. Indeed, at a time when international public opinion is turning against gender-based inequalities, Célia has found that school playgrounds traditionally provide sports areas and imitation games which play an indirect role in reinforcing patterns of exclusion. By inventing games that are culturally gender neutral, and by randomly distributing roles and responsibilities, Pazapa provides an effective alternative to these facilities. This obvious, open-minded and constructive project deals with the sensitive issue of the sexist use of urban spaces. Thanks to the ambitious use of inclusive design, this intrinsically violent and serious starting point has given rise to caring and non-stigmatizing proposals. By choosing to position her project in the childhood period, Célia takes up the challenge of a long-term vision in which, at a very early age, each of us is encouraged to question our influence on others and on communal spaces. For her final internship, Célia is now developing Pazapa at Erik Giudice Architects, who are testing it in the Hortense school group in Bordeaux.”
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After completing a BDes in product design, Célia continued her studies at L’École de design with the Health and Social Innovation MDes program, which gave her the opportunity to look more deeply into the issues of sexism and gender and to write her dissertation on “sexist violence in urban environments”. She worked on redesigning the playgrounds of the Hortense school group in Bordeaux during her final internship with Erik Giudice Architects in Paris. After her degree is finalized, Célia would like to use the skills acquired during her training to devote herself fully to combating gender stereotypes.