Children sensing the city

Cele, S., 2004, Children sensing the city, in: OPENspace, ‘Open space, people space’, OPENspace, Edinburgh

  • Author : Cele, S.
  • Year : 2004
  • Published in Book : Open space, people space
  • Abstract in English : Children use their bodies as reference points for their interaction with urban design. By being physically active, children set their own rules as to how an environment can be used. They see objects as multi-functional and can redefine their use for each new situation. For children the identity of a place is not exclusively created by the way it looks or how it is rationally used, it can just as often be based on how it smells, sounds or feels. The possibility and ability to explore simple everyday aspects of their local environment is crucial to children. Children are fascinated by being able to examine, challenge and understand the city and the adult world. Children also need places in which to relax, and they often prefer green places for this. The issue of involving and including children in planning processes requires further consideration and development in the future.
  • Comments/Notes : KEYWORDS: children, urban landscape, senses, use, value, planning