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

ISBN 9781138890824
Published June 1, 2017 by Routledge
278 Pages

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents



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


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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.