Urban planning

Salzburg series on children in parks

A high level international seminar series is focusing its current programme on the issue of children’s access to green space. Adrian Voce reports. The Salzburg Global Seminar series is holding a 5-day programme, which began on 18 March,...Read more
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Building the case for child friendly cities

The writer and consultant Tim Gill has announced a new research project to explore the factors at work in policymaking for more child-friendly urban environments. In this article he describes the project, the issues it...Read more
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London launches healthy streets plan

The Mayor of London has launched a new long-term plan, with ambitions to make London one of the best cities in the world for walking and cycling. Adrian Voce reports. At a special conference on 17...Read more
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London Mayor calls for school car ban

The Mayor of London has called for cars to be banned from roads near schools in order to reduce air pollution. Adrian Voce reports. The Mayor of London, Labour’s Sadiq Khan, has called for cars to be...Read more
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Child friendly cities benefit us all (part 3)

In this third part of his article about the urban renaissance needed for cities to properly respond to their growing child populations, Sam Williams highlights the importance of accessible green and playable places, and the...Read more
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Taming king car (part 3)

In this third and final part of his article about tackling the problem of traffic, as a priority for playable neighbourhoods and child-friendly cities, Adrian Voce wonders whether the UK’s new street play movement and its...Read more
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Child friendly cities benefit us all (part 2)

In this second of his three part article on creating child friendly cities, Sam Williams of Arup argues that managing traffic better and increasing connectivity by other means will benefit the whole population of cities,...Read more
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Why do German children play out more than British?

In this article, the German-based, British researcher, Ellen Weaver 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
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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
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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
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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
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Subjectifying the child friendly city

In his keynote address to Child in the City 2016, in Ghent, social work lecturer and urbanist Sven De Visscher asked the most fundamental question of all for this movement: what is it that makes a city...Read more
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