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Creating Child Friendly Cities

Reinstating Kids in the City, 1st Edition

Edited by Brendan Gleeson, Neil Sipe


176 pages

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Leading planning and geography authors present this comprehensive assessment of the extent to which the physical and social make up of Western cities accommodates and nourishes the needs of children and youth. Examining the areas of planning, design, social policy, transport and housing, Creating Child Friendly Cities outlines strengths and deficiencies in the processes that govern urban development and change from the perspective of children and youth. Issues explored include children's view of the city and why this is unique; the 'obesity epidemic': is it caused by cities?; the journey to school and children's transport needs generally. With illustrations and case studies, Creating Child Friendly Cities presents planning professionals with a solid case for child-friendly cities and an action plan to create places for children to play.

Table of Contents

1. Creating Child Friendly Cities: Historical Perspectives, Future Prospects Neil Sipe & Brendan Gleeson Part 1: The Policy Context 2. Child Friendly Cities: International Debates and Prospects for a National Framework of Action Karen Malone 3. Future Shapers: Planning Policy for Children and Young People Claire Freeman 4. Social Policy and Urban Children: Learnings from the Pathways Project in Brisbane Ross Homel 5. Youth-friendly Cities or Cities for Angry Young People? Inclusive Urban Policy Frameworks that Engage Youth Kurt Iveson Part 2: Programs for Change 6. Children’s Health and the City: New Concerns, New Responses Neil Sipe, Nick Buchanan & Jago Dodson 7. Children in the Intensifying City: Lessons from Auckland’s Walking School Buses Robin Kearns & Damian Collins 8. Overcoming Social Traps: A Key to Creating Child-friendly Cities Paul Tranter 9. Reflections on What Developers Can Do for

Urban Children Prue Walsh 10. Child Friendly Cities: An Agenda for Action Neil Sipe & Brendan Gleeson

About the Editors

Brendan Gleeson is Director of the Urban Research Program at Griffith University, Brisbane. Before joining Griffith he was Deputy Director of the Urban Frontiers Program at the University of Western Sydney. His research interests include urban planning and governance, urban social policy, disability studies, and environmental theory and policy.

Neil Sipe is Head of the Environmental Planning School at Griffith University and is an experienced urban researcher who has worked in North America and Australia. He has an extensive teaching record in the field of transport planning and in recent research has been the first Australian scholar to propose methods for defining and mapping transport exclusion.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ARCHITECTURE / Urban & Land Use Planning
SCIENCE / Earth Sciences / Geography