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‘NaturePlay’ film reveals Scandinavia’s amazing nature-based education system
This new award-winning documentary reveals the stark contrasts between America’s obsession with standardized tests, at the cost of everything else, and Scandinavia’s embrace of all things nature-based. It’s clear which is the more successful approach. There... Read more
Nature, Health, and the Equity of Urban ParksAn exciting number of studies are demonstrating the important health benefits nature provides for children (Chawla 2015). Two studies published this summer also show these health benefits can last into adulthood (Pensini, Horn and Caltabiano... Read more
Child should work less hard and play more at school, says headteachers’ leaderChildren being overworked at school may be leading to an increase in mental health issues Rex Children should be encouraged to work less hard and play more at school, a headteachers’ leader has said. David Hanson,... Read more
Integrating Teens and the Arts into Public SpaceOn a hot, summer day in the high desert city of Santa Fe, teens stroll along the edge of railyard ties. They trace the outlines of newly painted graffiti art, and enter a space clearly... Read more
Can a child participate? Defining participation boundaries in urban planningIt is not common practice to engage children into planning process. From the point of view of the researcher, however, the very fact that children are often ignored makes their perspective structurally very important. They... Read more
Children fill city streets with lifeChildhood is by far the most integral and vulnerable period in a person’s life. Happy childhood experiences are a lifetime treasure for any individual, since they lay a foundation for the future action; and stay... Read more
10 reasons to continue providing adventure playgroundsPlaywork is an essential component of adventure playgrounds, a form of staffed provision renowned the world over as offering children the best opportunities to play within a dedicated, managed setting. Most adventure playgrounds are situated... Read more
10 reasons children, adults and communities need vitamin NWe’ ve come a long way over the past decade, but the journey is far from over. Many of us believe that, while public awareness of the importance of the nature connection has grown, we need... Read more
Children’s thoughts on public area playDuring the last century there was considerable emphasis in some European cities on moving children off their neighbourhood streets and into child-designated areas, such as playgrounds. In fact a 1950s report from the Irish Civics... Read more
Children playing with waste materialsAll over the world, people are finding ways to make play visible in their communities. Groups large and small, from casual to organized, are gathering materials and ideas to promote creative thinking and play. The Creative... Read more
Louise Chawla’s thoughts on children’s participation – then and nowThis year marks the 40th anniversary of Growing Up in Cities (GUIC). From Kevin Lynch’s field work in 1976 to the Growing Up in Cities revival that began in 1996, through Growing Up Boulder (GUB)... Read more
When kids create their own playgroundEve Mosher was getting frustrated. Her children, ages 4 and 6, encountered rules everywhere they went to play in New York City. Even at parks and playgrounds, expressly built for the purpose of play, they... Read more
An alert and call for action – a new standard threat to play provisionThis is an alert. An alert to all those – across Europe and wider – where European play equipment and surfacing standards are held, or will be held, to apply. A new Standard is being... Read more
How can children become effective city planners?An experiment on a Tyrolean settlement in Brazil The Italian Territorialist Approach works towards a child-friendly city by empowering children through dynamic techniques and activities to analyse, interpret and change their city. We applied the method... Read more
India explores the city as urban ‘play-lab’ for childrenCities are the new critical urban laboratories for the interactive engagement of children with their urban environment. The Child Friendly Cities debate presents an opportunity to initiate a discourse and encourage cities themselves to become... Read more
Young citizen’s juryThe use of public space by children and young people (children) continues to inspire debate. Passionate proponents for children have argued for their rights to access public space, yet negative depictions and discourses of their... Read more
Lab van Troje, a local non-profit organization in Ghent, Belgium is preparing a fourth generation of ‘Living Streets’: an experimental project that invites citizens to conceive and implement more sustainable and livable solutions for the... Read more
Interview with the City of Ghent’s children’s ambassador, Elke Decruynaere
Elke Decruynaere, the Alderwoman of Education, Upbringing and Youth for Ghent, which is...
Giving children a voice in adult elections
During the last municipal elections for Sassari, in Sardinia, Italy, children played an...
An information guide for designing outdoor play spaces
The 7 C’s of Young Children’s Outdoor Play Spaces is an information guide...
The City of Ghent’s strategic plan to be a child and youth-friendly city
With more than 250.000 inhabitants, Ghent is the 3rd largest city of Belgium....