What makes a city child-friendly?
Which cities are child-friendly? Which ones aren’t? And why?
How can architects, urban planners, designers, but also parents, teachers, and kids themselves contribute to cities that are more child-friendly?
In my view child-friendly cities really are people-friendly cities. Child-friendly planning really means people-friendly planning. In many ways, children can serve as a sort of indicator for good planning – if a child can navigate the city, then so can pretty much anyone else. If a child can grow up healthily and happily, then everyone else has a good chance of living a good life, too. As Enrique Penalosa, the former mayor of Bogota, Colombia, has said: "If we can build a successful city for children we will have a successful city for all people." So, if I am interested so generally in simply ‘good planning’, why this focus on kids?
I am an urban planner and just recently moved to Brooklyn after living in Berlin, Germany, for the past three years. I love to read, write, and travel. Child friendly cities are a topic I am interested in from multiple perpectives: as a life-long resident of cities, as a professional urban planner, researcher, and writer, as a mother of two kids (currently aged 6 and 8), and finally as a former child myself.
With this website I aim to collect and disseminate information, to share innovative ideas and to contribute a little bit to making our cities more child friendly!