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“Let the City Flourish:” Transforming Public Space in Bogotá, Colombia
This year, the city of Bogotá will be transforming some of its parking spots into public spaces – and places for play. Former Mayor Enrique Peñalosa, known worldwide for his establishment of Bogotá’s ciclovía, was... Read more
Osteria Ai Pioppi. If you want to play, you have to push and sweatBruno Ferrin is the inventor and creator of an ecological park in Nervesa della Battaglia, in the province of Treviso, in Italy. The particularity of this park, for children and adults both, is that there... Read more
Gasp! London’s poor air quality, its impact on children and how play activities can be part of the solutionSubmission from London Play for Day of General Discussion at the UNCRC, September 2016 This paper highlights a serious triple threat to the health and wellbeing of London’s 1.8 million children, and the grave inequalities that... Read more
Putting play at the heart of London’s schoolsThe charity London Play has launched ‘The Playtime Project’ to ‘put play at the heart of London’s schools’. A pilot will run until May 2017, with a London-wide roll out planned later that year. The Playtime... Read more
No child’s play for Hong Kong kindergartens to fit in sufficient exercise timeReport says 99 per cent which took part in study did not allocate enough playtime for schoolchildren, which can be detrimental to their reflexes in the long run. A study has found that less than 1... Read more
Playground surfacing (again), cycle helmets and public risk: there are no simple answersIt is with an inward sigh that I share the news that once again, the US Standards body ASTM is considering a proposal to adopt stricter requirements for playground surfacing. As regular readers will know, I... Read more
Encouraging children to form an emotional attachment to natureWe read it in the news every day. From climate change to overfishing to deforestation, it seems that we are on the brink of a natural disaster on an epic scale. If we cannot do... Read more
Young people share their concerns at Child Summit in Ireland“Children have a lot to teach adults” – wise words from a young contributor to Ireland’s first Child Summit which took place in Dublin on 8 September 2016. The purpose of the summit was to... Read more
Floating dorms could help students rent in city centersA lack of affordable housing in city centers prompts some university students to rent far from the core, which can keep them from contributing to communities around their urban-based campuses. A Copenhagen housing startup thinks... Read more
In pursuit of a safe walk to school, Oslo gamifies street designA new app in Oslo gathers feedback on pedestrian safety from a group not often asked their opinion on urban planning: schoolchildren. The free Traffic Agent app allows children to send reports on safety hazards they... Read more
Vancouver is making vibrant public spaces out of back alleysOver 200 of Vancouver’s downtown blocks are bisected by an alleyway, but only one of those alleys — or “laneways” as Vancouverites call them — has a foosball court. As of last week, the alley... Read more
An app designed by children roots for child-friendly citiesLondon/New Delhi: An innovative smartphone app is aimed at revolutionising the way urban life can be mapped to create child-friendly cities. It is also helping increase children’s participation in urban planning. ‘Map My Community’, designed by... Read more
Engaging in fantasy play could benefit creative thinking in childrenThis is one of the findings of a study being presented on, Thursday 15 September, by Dr Louise Bunce of Oxford Brookes University to the annual conference of the British Psychological Society’s Developmental Psychology Section... Read more
Help children to walk and cycle to schoolNow that millions of pupils have gone back to school, we call on the government to get more children walking and cycling the school journey. Currently, a portion of the “sugar tax” is set to fund... Read more
Seattle neighbors close streets for play timeA unique program to encourage kids to play outside is really taking off in parts of Seattle. It’s called “play streets” and it allows neighborhoods to turn away cars in favor of play time. One block of... Read more
Forest adventures: Ditch the laptop and let your child be wildCoillte project aims to introduce children to the wonders of the great outdoors. Many of us might think that kids prefer to play on screen than play outside; it’s certainly what they tell us when they’re... 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....