Photo credit: CDC Initiative, UNICEF
Photo credit: CDC Initiative, UNICEF

Teaching children and young adults about architecture, urban planning, and design is a key component to making cities more child-friendly. Only if children learn about design and its impact on our surroundings, can they understand how to participate, how to make their voices heard and their opinions count. 


Around the world there are many organizations devoted to design education. This list is by no means conclusive, I will add to is as I learn about other organizations. If you know of other groups I should include, please let me know!




In the US

In Germany:

  • JAS (Jugend Architektur Stadt)


Books for kids about urban planning

(This list is based on a list published at


•             The Works: Anatomy of a City by Kate Ascher;

•             City Works: Exploring your Community: A Workbook by Andria Steinberg and David Stephen;City: A Story of Roman Planning and Construction by David Macaulay;

•             The City Kid & the Suburb Kid by Deb Pilutti and Linda Bleck;

•             Country Kid, City Kid by Julie Cummins and Ted Rand;

•             A City Through Time by Philip Steele and Steve Noon;

•             City Green by DyAnne DiSalvo-Ryan;

•             Kids' Easy-to-Create Wildlife Habitats: For Small Spaces in City-Suburbs-Country... (Williamson Kids Can!) by Emily Stetson, J. Susan Cole-Stone and J. Susan Cole-Stone;

•             Alphabet City by Stephen T. Johnson;

•             The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton;

•             The Curious Garden by Peter Brown;

•             City Signs by Zoran Milich;

•             New York for Kids: 25 Big Apple Sites to Color (Dover Coloring Books);

•             Where Do I Live? by Neil Chesanow;

•             Underground by David Macaulay;

•             Living in Rural Communities by Kristin Sterling;

•             Communities by Gail Sanders Smith;

•             Living in Suburban Communities by Kristin Sterling; 

•             A Street Through Time by Anne Millard.