1st Edition

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

Edited By Kate Bishop, Linda Corkery Copyright 2017
    278 Pages
    by Routledge

    278 Pages
    by Routledge

    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.



    Kate Bishop and Linda Corkery

    Part 1: Global and regional initiatives with local value

    1. Child Friendly Cities: a model of planning for sustainable development
    2. Karen Malone

    3. Children as natural change agents: Child Friendly Cities as Resilient Cities
    4. Victoria Derr, Louise Chawla and Willem van Vliet

    5. Nordic child-friendly urban planning reconsidered
    6. Fredrika Martensson and Maria Nordstrom

    7. Envisioning urban futures with children in Australia
    8. Linda Corkery

      Part 2: Utilizing research with children and young people

    9. A place for adolescents: the power of research to inform the built environment
    10. Patsy Eubanks Owens

    11. Utilizing research for the benefit of children’s lives in cities: acknowledging barriers and embracing change
    12. Kate Bishop

    13. Being ourselves: children and young people sharing urban open spaces
    14. Helen Woolley

    15. Children as urban design consultants: a children’s audit of a central city square in Auckland, Aotearoa/New Zealand
    16. Penelope Carroll and Karen Witten

      Case Studies: Part 1

      Part 3: Instruments with impact: legislation and policy

    17. Accommodating children’s activities in the shared spaces of high density and master planned developments
    18. Cathy Sherry

    19. Every child matters: policies and politics that influence children’s experience of outdoor environments in England
    20. Helen Woolley

    21. How are Child Impact Analyses used in planning child-friendly environments: the Swedish experience
    22. Maria Nordström

    23. NSW parliamentary inquiries into children, young people and the built
    24. 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


    25. Designing with children: a practitioner’s perspective
    26. Fiona Robbé

    27. At the ‘center’: young people’s involvement in youth centers from design to usage
    28. Katina Dimoulias

    29. Engaging children and adolescents in local decision-making: Growing Up Boulder as a practical model
    30. Mara Mintzer and Debra Flanders Cushing

    31. 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



    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.