Italian school children participate in designing of a new schoolyard “PortaColori”

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The ‘Portacolori’ – a play space located in the primary school in the Monte Rosello neighbourhood of Sassari, Italy – is the outcome of a real and complex participatory design process. The project involved the... Read more
09.02.16 | Comment | author: TaMaLaCa - Inderdisciplinary research group
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8 ways to create activities for children in a safe environment

Discovering how to best organise activities for children in free, safe and inclusive environments was the outcome of the “Playground Without Borders” project. The project that took place in Tschierv, Switzerland (2014) aimed to gather... Read more
08.02.16 | Comment | author: Vasilka Lalevska
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Inclusive design promotes play equality

1 in 20 children aged 14 years old or younger live with a form of disability, either moderate or severe, according to UNICEF. Such figures raise questions as to whether the majority of the existing... Read more
04.02.16 | Comment | author: Maria Sitzoglou
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High levels of child poverty across the EU call for actions

Almost 27 million children in Europe are at risk of poverty or social exclusion and the current economic, financial and social crisis is putting them even more at risk, according to a report by Save the... Read more
03.02.16 | Comment | author: Eleni Karasavvidou
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Five Applications of Photovoice as a Method for Children’s Participation

Growing Up Boulder – a child-friendly city initiative in Boulder, Colorado, USA – has generated 5 variations of the photovoice method for use with different age groups and abilities. Youth organisations and researchers from universities... Read more
02.02.16 | Comment | author: Victoria Derr
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Denmark gets 10 permanent bicycle playgrounds

In Canada and the United States there is no comprehensive, consistent bike education programs, however a number of initiatives are underway to determine how to introduce a comprehensive system. However, European children benefit from a... Read more
28.01.16 | Comment | author: Helen Davidson
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Play It Fair! A Human Rights Education Toolkit for Children

Montreal-based international organisation Equitas has developed Play It Fair!, which is an easy to use education toolkit. The toolkit helps to increase an understanding of human rights, respect for diversity and peaceful conflict resolution in 6-12 year... Read more
27.01.16 | Comment | author: Helen Davidson
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Playgrounds need to be more challenging to benefit children

Children’s playgrounds are not challenging enough, says Susan Herrington, a professor in the school of landscape architecture at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. Herrington conducted her research with colleague Dr. Mariana Brussoni, observing... Read more
26.01.16 | Comment | author: Helen Davidson
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Children seek greater access to nature

Although city children want more contact with nature, they do not always feel they have enough access to – or freedom within – the natural spaces that are already there. In a recent analysis of... Read more
20.01.16 | Comment | author: Victoria Derr
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Incorporating play into pedestrian walkways

When it comes to designing narrow public spaces such as street sidewalks, pedestrian bridges and pathways in general, designers are often forced by the functional and spatial constraints to discard play as a priority. However,... Read more
19.01.16 | Comment | author: Maria Sitzoglou
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Residents of Istanbul bring play back to the street

The residents of one of the most densely populated areas of Istanbul have secured a new ‘play street’ for their children: closed to traffic and where children can again run free. A recent study of... Read more
15.01.16 | Comment | author: Burcu Gülay Taşçı
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Storytelling project inspires urban planners in Italy

Urban planners in Italy have found that engaging children and young people with traditional storytelling and imaginative communication projects can help to engage them in the future shape of their cities, and in turn provide... Read more
14.01.16 | Comment | author: TaMaLaCa - Inderdisciplinary research group
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Sports and arts projects bring hope to refugee children

There has been much recent media coverage of the plight of refugee and displaced children, and rightly so. Of the tens of thousands of refugees worldwide, approximately 40% are children (APA 2010). Similarly, millions of... Read more
13.01.16 | Comment | author: Victoria Derr
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The ‘Ibtasem’ Playground – 5 steps to designing a successful child friendly space

Syrian children fleeing to neighbouring countries add up to more than half of the total refugees. Therefore, there is a need for designing playgrounds to facilitate these children’s developmental needs. The ‘Ibtasem’ playground is a... Read more
07.01.16 | Comment | author: Maria Sitzoglou
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Parents should be more aware of impacts of childrens’ autonomy

Often parents tend to promote autonomous behaviours through the promotion of tasks such as riding a bicycle unassisted and without trainer wheels, and even making decisions about what food to have at certain meal-times. However,... Read more
05.01.16 | Comment | author: Eugene Davids
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Online maps improve active travel for children and families

Children’s mobility is rapidly declining due to poor urban planning and other factors, even though there is overwhelming evidence that active children are healthier. To address this, Mobile 21, the Belgian organisation for sustainable mobility,... Read more
04.01.16 | Comment | author: Marketa Vesela

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The ‘Portacolori’ – a play space located in the primary school in the Monte Rosello neighbourhood of Sassari, Italy – is the outcome of a real and complex participatory design process. The project involved the... Read more