Cities for Play
Healthy Higher Density Living For Kids
At Cities for Play we aim to inspire urbanists, planners and architects to create playful and child-friendly cities. We explore how the built environment can promote children's health and well-being with a focus on play and active mobility. We believe that children's needs should be at the heart of city design which will in turn create resilient and sustainable communities.
Growing Up in Australia: The Longitudinal Study of Australian Children
The effects of high density housing on children's health and development:
A literature review to inform policy
development in Western Sydney
Healthy Higher Density Living For Kids
Dr Rachel Heenan
What is more dangerous, an adventure playground or a conventional playground?
Growing Up in Australia: The Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (LSAC) is a major study following the development of 10,000 children and families from all parts of Australia. The study commenced in 2004 with two cohorts - families with 4-5 year old children and families with 0-1 year old infants. Growing Up in Australia is investigating the contribution of children's social, economic and cultural environments to their adjustment and wellbeing. A major aim is to identify policy opportunities for improving support for children and their families and for early intervention and prevention strategies.
In the cultural conversation about play and risk, adventure playgrounds – proper ones I mean, with timber structures, tools, junk materials and skilled workers – are very much on the radical side of the argument. But how dangerous are they, really?
Urban Network living
Children in Hackney are reclaiming the streets, thanks to a groundbreaking scheme enabling residents to close residential streets for a few hours to through traffic, turning them into play streets.
What has happened to the Australian backyard?
The Urban Taskforce has commissioned McCrindle to undertake research into apartment lifestyles in Sydney and to compare this with detached house living. Their report titled “Sydney Lifestyle Study - Redefining Sydney's urban lifestyles” uses 2016 Census data and an online survey of 1,500 Sydneysiders representing apartment dwellers and detached house dwellers to understand the demographic profile and characteristics of people living in apartments in Sydney.
Sydney Lifestyle Study - Redefining Sydney's urban lifestyles
Cities Alive: Designing for Urban Childhoods
Bigger and bigger dwellings are diminishing the size of backyards in contemporary suburban developments, leaving less opportunity for biodiversity and canopy cover in our cities.
by Tony Hall 17
The child as an indicator species for cities: reflections on Philadelphia
A child-friendly approach to urban planning is a vital part of creating inclusive cities that work better for everyone. Designing for urban childhoods inspires us to respond positively to the challenges, and sets out actions that can help take us to a more child-friendly future – moving well beyond simply providing playgrounds.
The future of housing: families in apartments
13-years ago, the British writer and researcher Tim Gill coined the term ‘battery-reared children’ to warn of the impact of poor spatial planning on modern childhoods. He has often spoken since of the need to see children’s play and independent mobility as a measure of the liveability of our towns and cities. This blog begins with his opinion piece from the Philadelphia Enquirer, coinciding with his trip to the US city, and is followed by his reflections on the visit.
by Tim Gill
Child in the City
Growing Up: Planning for Children in New Vertical Communities
It might be a squeeze on space, but for many families apartments are the housing of the future.
by Sophie-May Kerr
Connecting Children, Youth....
There are a number of projects, across Toronto and internationally, which demonstrate good planning for children and youth. The projects showcased here illustrate how good design at the unit, building and neighborhood scales can improve the livability for current and future families residing in vertical communities.
City of Toronto
Homes for People : housing strategy
“Families are an essential part of achieving the demographic balance in a community that makes it vibrant, resilient and complete. Ensuring that there are appropriate housing options, support services,and recreational and cultural amenities to support family creation and well-being is needed to attract and retain families in the City.”
City of North Vancouver
"Child , Youth + Family Friendly Strategy"
Vertical Living Kids – Creating supportive high rise environments for children in Melbourne
This Housing Strategy, Homes for People, is an evidence based strategy to enable Melbourne City to achieve their “established aspiration for an inner and central city where housing is affordable, well-designed and meets the diverse needs of our residents.”
It notes that “While projected growth of family households is relatively low, many of the inner city schools are at, or close to, capacity suggesting more families with children are moving into the central city than market-led projections.”
by City of Melbourne
Homes for People : Housing Strategy
This report presents the findings of “Vertical Living Kids”, an 18 month research project which ran from July 2008 to December 2009 and was funded by the Victorian Health Promotion Foundation (VicHealth). The research had two objectives: to explore the physical and social environmental determinants of Children’s Independent Mobility (CIM - the ability of children, in this case children aged 8-12, to autonomously explore public space) in central Melbourne high rise housing; and to uncover international best practice planning policy for these communities.
by Whitzman, C. and Mizrachi, D.
Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning, University of Melbourne.
Vertical Living Kids
Guidelines for Children in the Outdoor Residential Environment
Children in the Compact City: Fairfield as a suburban case study.
Paper Commissioned by the Australian
Research Alliance for Children and Youth
by Bill Randolph
Children in the Compact City
designing with children
This Working Paper provides a set of guidelines for the design of the outdoor environments at
Burswood Lakes to accommodate the needs of children in the ‘middle childhood’ age range
(ages five to twelve) they have been designed to assist Mirvac Fini and it’s consultants in the
preparation of the landscape Master Plan for this site.
by Dr Wendy Sarkissian and Yollana Shore
with Sam La Rocca
Guidelines for Children in the OutdoorResidential Environment
Dr Wendy Sarkissian Website
A Good Place for Children?
This website aims to inspire design practitioners and bring together in dialogue anyone interested in exploring how children's cultures, capacities and imagination may have an impact upon the design profession, design process and ultimately the built environment.
Designing with Children
Attracting and retaining families in inner urban mixed income communities.
"An analysis of how mixed income new communities (MINCs) are working for families." in the UK.
Emily Silverman, Ruth Lupton and Alex Fenton