Built environment

Five key ‘takeaways’ from Urban95 Festival

Urban communities must themselves demand baby and toddler-friendly cities to help make them a reality, says the Bernard van Leer Foundation (BvLF). That’s just one of five key ‘takeaways’ from the foundation’s recent Urban95 Festival, which...Read more
|Comment|author: Simon Weedy

Empathy tools for urban leaders and designers

Urban planners are being encouraged to utilise a set of ’empathy tools’ aimed at helping them design child-friendly environments. It’s one of the latest initiatives developed by the Urban95 arm of the Bernard van Leer Foundation...Read more
|Comment|author: Simon Weedy

What happens when kids help design our cities?

An innovative programme in Colorado is incorporating children’s ideas into city planning for friendlier, greener and more inclusive spaces. What would cities look like if children had a say in their design? They would certainly be...Read more
|Comment|author: Jill Suttie

The City at Eye Level for Kids

Dutch urban design firm STIP has produced a book for children which takes a look at the city landscape from their eyes. The City at Eye Level for Kids is the result of close working between...Read more
|Comment|author: Simon Weedy

The rise of Germany’s ‘play streets’

Can play streets help address the problem of dwindling playgrounds in German cities? That’s the hope of planners who want to make the urban landscape truly child-friendly People are moving to the cities but this has...Read more
|Comment|author: Simon Weedy

So much more than just a skatepark

It’s the first ever skatepark built in Syria but, if you ask the kids, it might just be the most important skatepark in the world. After living through years of conflict, children in the Syrian city...Read more
|Comment|author: Simon Weedy