The concept of the ‘playable city’ is essentially a simple one: join up the places that children want to access with safe, attractive pathways, animated with playful affordances – and design this network with the fullest engagement of the children who will use it. Here, Berta Kaufmann describes how a small town in Southern Germany developed the model that is becoming a template for child-friendly...Read more
|Comment|author: Adrian Voce

Why do German children play out more than British?

In this article, the German-based, British researcher, Ellen Weaving highlights the marked differences in the degree of freedom – to play outside and to travel independently – afforded to British children compared to their German counterparts....Read more
|Comment|author: Adrian Voce

Taming king car (part 2)

In this second part of his article about the need to tackle the traffic that blights otherwise playable neighbourhoods, Adrian Voce asks whether traffic calming is enough, or whether towns and cities need to embrace the...Read more
|Comment|author: Adrian Voce

London Mayor acts on air pollution

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan’s announcement of a limited pollution charge for some drivers in central London has received a mixed response from children’s health campaigners, reports Adrian Voce The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan...Read more
|Comment|author: Adrian Voce

Is German youth prepared for democracy?

The German media is abuzz with the implications of the 2017 Kinderreport (children’s report), which found that only two-thirds of the adult population trusts young people to be competent enough for democracy. The organisation that published the...Read more
|Comment|author: Adrian Voce

Taming king car (part 1)

Traffic continues to be the major practical barrier to children’s freedom to roam and enjoy the public spaces of their neighbourhoods, towns and cities. In this, the first of a three-part article, Adrian Voce considers...Read more
|Comment|author: Adrian Voce

New book celebrates American play movement

A new book published by the Alliance for Childhood documents the steady rise of the free play movement in North America Projects, initiatives and advocacy for children’s play is on the rise across the North American...Read more
|Comment|author: Adrian Voce

Bringing cities alive for children

The big UK-based planning and design consultants, Arup held a specialist workshop on 15 February on the theme of child-friendly cities. Adrian Voce reports. An invited group of around 50 professionals including planners, architects, landscape architects...Read more
|Comment|author: Adrian Voce

Everything to play for

Introducing more play space to cities can help tackle health, societal and environment issues, says Samuel Williams of the planning and design specialists, Arup. We need to take play seriously. We need to take play seriously...Read more
|Comment|author: Adrian Voce