How does the built environment affect children - their health, their behaviour, education and development? To support them, what do we need to consider and what do we need to do? Can our surroundings foster environmental and social awareness and responsibility?
Based on Christopher Day's experiences designing schools and early childhood centres in the United States and Britain, this groundbreaking book sets out to answer these questions and to offer solutions.
Children all too often find themselves living in alien surroundings designed with the needs of adults in mind, cut off not just from the natural environment but also childhood itself. Society's reaction - to cocoon children from the outside world or to resort to drugs to control behaviour - fails to address the fundamental causes of problems which lie in the environment not the children themselves.
One of the world's leading thinkers on the impact of buildings on people, Christopher Day's insights offer new light on one of the most important issues for today's society.
Table of Contents
Design by Adults - Experience by Children; Childhood - A Journey; Fundamental Needs; Social Relationships and Place; Issues of Health; From Sensory Experience to Integrated Thinking; Light and Darkness - Age and Situation; Colour and Children; What Places Say - Silent Lessons; Places of Welcome; Outdoor Places; Environment for the Developing Child; Learning to Care for the Environment; Living with the Elements; Making Nature's Cycles Visible; Levels of Life; Learning Sustainability Through Daily Experience; Sustainable Schools; From Ends to Means