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Urban Playground
How Child-Friendly Planning and Design Can Save Cities

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ISBN 9781859469293
Published February 18, 2021 by RIBA Publishing
208 Pages

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Book Description

What type of cities do we want our children to grow up in? Car-dominated, noisy, polluted and devoid of nature? Or walkable, welcoming, and green? As the climate crisis and urbanisation escalate, cities urgently need to become more inclusive and sustainable. This book reveals how seeing cities through the eyes of children strengthens the case for planning and transportation policies that work for people of all ages, and for the planet. It shows how urban designers and city planners can incorporate child friendly insights and ideas into their masterplans, public spaces and streetscapes. Healthier children mean happier families, stronger communities, greener neighbourhoods, and an economy focused on the long-term. Make cities better for everyone.

Table of Contents

1. Urban Planning and Children  2. What is Child-Friendly Urban Planning and Why Does it Matter?  3. Transforming A Failing City  4. Child-Friendly Cities Around the World  5. Making it Happen: Principles, Building Blocks and Tools  6. What Next?

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Tim Gill is an independent scholar and consultant based in London whose work focuses on children’s play, free time and planning. He is former director of the Children’s Play Council (now Play England) and a Built Environment Enabler for the Design Council. The New York Times described his 2007 book No Fear: Growing Up in a Risk-Averse Society as “a handbook for the movement for freer, riskier play".