Urban planning

Spatial stories of Dublin’s youth

During winter and spring of this year, a Dublin-based group of young people aged 16 and 17 came together to explore and share their everyday experiences of public space. Researcher Jackie Bourke takes up the...Read more
|Comment|author: Jackie Bourke

Co-creating space to support young people’s rights

A practice-led research project to include young people in the creation of a public space in Wrexham town centre, North Wales, demonstrates their capacity to participate in the design process and to provide ideas to inform town planning. Research undertaken in Wrexham, North Wales, in response...Read more
|Comment|author: Claire Edwards

Five steps to ensure children’s rights in planning

The Scottish planning system is soon to undergo reform following an independent review. The proposals under discussion suggest an increasing recognition that children are often excluded from considerations of place. Here, Dr Jenny Wood, of Heriot Watt University,...Read more
|Comment|author: Jenny Wood

Inspiring young place-makers

Launched on 27 April at the national Place Alliance Big Meet 7 at UCL London, Generation Place demonstrates the importance of educating young people about place and the built environment. Nurturing the UK’s future professionals and citizens, the...Read more
|Comment|author: Adrian Voce

Adrift in the city without a map

For the child living with autistic spectrum disorder (ASD), the urban landscape can be an alienating, frightening environment. Keith McAllister and Neil Galway of Queen’s University, Belfast, argue that planners and architects must rise to...Read more
|Comment|author: Adrian Voce

Being at home in our neighbourhood

In this adaptation of her presentation at Child in the City, 2016, Dr. Margriet Wiersma of the Alexander Foundation in the Netherlands describes an action research project to activate and support children and parents in...Read more
|Comment|author: Adrian Voce

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
|Comment|author: Adrian Voce

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
|Comment|author: Adrian Voce

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
|Comment|author: Adrian Voce

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
|Comment|author: Adrian Voce

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
|Comment|author: Adrian Voce

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
|Comment|author: Adrian Voce