Cityscapes of Joy: Pioneering Child Centric Urban Spaces
Children make up a huge part of the neighborhood. They are the life that takes up a significant portion of public space. Due to a number of factors, including economic and environmental constraints brought about by the acceleration of urbanization, children’s activity spaces in urban public spaces have received little attention, which has resulted in the neglect of the environment for children’s growth. Establishing a kid-friendly area in metropolitan public areas requires more than just making a space it also requires winning over youngsters’ hearts. A secure, entertaining, and lively area for kids’ activities is what’s required in today’s metropolitan public areas.
Figure 1: Maggie Daley Park in Chicago
Image ref: https://smartgrowth.org/kid-friendly-urban-design-makes-cities-better
What does child-friendly urban design and planning entail?
A growing body of knowledge about how to create cities that encourage children to be active and visible in their daily lives on urban streets, parks, squares, and other public areas is known as “child-friendly urban planning and design.” Through built environment interventions, it is a collection of planning and design projects that take children’s opinions and experiences seriously and seek to increase their possibilities for play and mobility within their neighborhood and the larger city.
Figure 2: Image Ref: https://www.childhealthinitiative.org/blog/2020/august/launch-of-streets-for-kids-urban-design-guide-puts-children-at-the-heart-of-city-planning
According to a report, funded by the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust, Interventions within the physical environment, including the neighbourhood and building scale, promote the needs of children and their families. Therefore, This might include the design of a street to promote traffic – calming and playable elements within the streetscape.
Figure 3: Image ref: Designing Child-Friendly High Density Neighbourhoods by Natalia Krysiak
A school at the centre of a neighbourhood
Project: Fiep Westendorp Community School
Architect: Paul de Ruiter Architects
Within higher-density neighbourhoods, the school provides an important asset for community use
both from a spatial and a social perspective. As a result, the schoolyard can provide much-needed open play space for use after school hours. While the building itself can act as a hub for the local community.
An example of a school, embedded within the neighbourhood both physically and socially, is the Fiep Westendorp Community School in Amsterdam. Its designed by Paul de Ruiter Architects, as part of one large multi-use block, the complex consists of 71 social-housing units that overlook the open play space. Therefore, the school envisioned as a community hub and includes a kindergarten, youth-centre, neighbourhood meeting areas. Also, it houses a multi-functional space for community activities.
Figure 4: image ref: Designing Child-Friendly High Density Neighbourhoods by Natalia Krysiak
Figure 5: Image Ref: https://nacto.org/publication/designing-streets-for-kids
The Study of Sustainable Design for Child-Friendly Urban Public Spaces –
Xing Ji, YaLin Yang & Jie Tang ( https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-031-35936-1_27)
Building Cities Fit for Children – (https://timrgill.files.wordpress.com/2020/02/wcmt-report-2020-02-04.pdf)
Designing Child-Friendly High Density Neighbourhoods by NATALIA KRYSIAK – (https://www.childinthecity.org/2020/05/01/showcasing-global-examples-of-child-friendly-urban-design/?gdpr=accept)