Designing Cities with Children and Young People

Designing Cities with Children and Young People : Beyond Playgrounds and Skate Parks

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Designing Cities with Children and Young People focuses on promoting better outcomes in the built environment for children and young people in cities across the world. This book presents the experience of practitioners and researchers who actively advocate for and participate with children and youth in planning and designing urban environments. It aims to cultivate champions for children and young people among urban development professionals, to ensure that their rights and needs are fully acknowledged and accommodated.

With international and interdisciplinary contributors, this book sets out to build bridges and provide resources for policy makers, social planners, design practitioners and students. The content moves from how we conceptualize children in the built environment, what we have discovered through research, how we frame the task and legislate for it, and how we design for and with children. Designing Cities with Children and Young People ultimately aims to bring about change to planning and design policies and practice for the benefit of children and young people in cities everywhere.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 264 pages
  • 178 x 254 x 15.24mm | 686g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 5 Line drawings, color; 110 Halftones, color; 5 Tables, color
  • 1138890820
  • 9781138890824
  • 77,340

Table of contents



Kate Bishop and Linda Corkery

Part 1: Global and regional initiatives with local value

Child Friendly Cities: a model of planning for sustainable development

Karen Malone

Children as natural change agents: Child Friendly Cities as Resilient Cities

Victoria Derr, Louise Chawla and Willem van Vliet

Nordic child-friendly urban planning reconsidered

Fredrika Martensson and Maria Nordstrom

Envisioning urban futures with children in Australia

Linda Corkery

Part 2: Utilizing research with children and young people

A place for adolescents: the power of research to inform the built environment

Patsy Eubanks Owens

Utilizing research for the benefit of children's lives in cities: acknowledging barriers and embracing change

Kate Bishop

Being ourselves: children and young people sharing urban open spaces

Helen Woolley

Children as urban design consultants: a children's audit of a central city square in Auckland, Aotearoa/New Zealand

Penelope Carroll and Karen Witten

Case Studies: Part 1

Part 3: Instruments with impact: legislation and policy

Accommodating children's activities in the shared spaces of high density and master planned developments

Cathy Sherry

Every child matters: policies and politics that influence children's experience of outdoor environments in England

Helen Woolley

How are Child Impact Analyses used in planning child-friendly environments: the Swedish experience

Maria Nordstroem

NSW parliamentary inquiries into children, young people and the built

environment: what are they and how did they come about?

Linda Corkery and Kate Bishop

Part 4: Perspectives from participatory practice with children and young


Designing with children: a practitioner's perspective

Fiona Robbe

At the 'center': young people's involvement in youth centers from design to usage

Katina Dimoulias

Engaging children and adolescents in local decision-making: Growing Up Boulder as a practical model

Mara Mintzer and Debra Flanders Cushing

Preparing children and young people for participation in planning and design: built environment education in Germany

Angela Million


Kate Bishop and Linda Corkery

Case Studies: Part 2

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About Kate Bishop

Kate Bishop PhD is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Built Environment at the University of New South Wales. Her background in environment-behaviour research underpins her teaching, research and her particular area of interest: children, youth and environments. She specializes in the design of environments for children with special needs, pediatric facilities and participatory methodologies with children and young people.

Linda Corkery is an Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture in the Faculty of Built Environment at the University of New South Wales. Her research and teaching focuses on the social dimensions of urban landscapes, including public parklands and open space, urban landscape planning and design, and collaborative design processes. Linda is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects and a member of the Environmental Design Research Association.
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