Urban living has dramatically changed over the past generation, refashioning children’s relationships with the towns and cities in which they live, and the modes of living within them. Focusing on the global shift in urban planning towards sustainable urbanism - from master planned ‘sustainable communities’, to the green retrofitting of existing urban environments - Children Living in Sustainable Built Environments offers a critical analysis of the challenges, tensions and opportunities for children and young people living in these environments.
Drawing upon original data, Children Living in Sustainable Built Environments demonstrates how the needs, interests and participation of children and young people often remain inferior to the design, planning and local politics of new urban communities. Considering children from their crucial role as residents engaging and contributing to the vitalities of their community, to their role as consumers using and understanding sustainable design features, the book critically discusses the prospects of future inclusion of children and young people as a social group in sustainable urbanism.
Truly interdisciplinary, Children Living in Sustainable Built Environments forms an original theoretical and empirical contribution to the understanding of the everyday lives of children and young people and will appeal to academics and students in the fields of education, childhood studies, sociology, anthropology, human geography and urban studies, as well as policy-makers, architects, urban planners and other professionals working on sustainable urban designs.
Table of Contents
Introduction: New Urbanisms, New Citizens Chapter 1: Towards the interdisciplinary study of children and sustainable urbanism Chapter 2: Sustainable urbanisms in policy and practice Chapter 3: Living with sustainable urban technologies Chapter 4: Sustainable mobilities Chapter 5: Constituting Communities: welcoming, belonging, excluding Chapter 6: Vital Politics: children and young people’s participation in public space and local decision-making Chapter 7: Making space for vitality in sustainable urbanisms: childhood and play Chapter 8: Conclusion: towards a theory of children and sustainable urban vitalities
Pia Christensen is Professor of Anthropology and Childhood Studies, University of Leeds, UK.
Sophie Hadfield-Hill is Lecturer of Human Geography, University of Birmingham, UK.
John Horton is Associate Professor of Human Geography, University of Northampton, UK.
Peter Kraftl is Professor of Human Geography, University of Birmingham, UK.