Moore, R., 2004, Urban childhood outdoors: retrospect and prospect for evidence-based practice and action research on a critical issue of our time, in: OPENspace, ‘Open space, people space’, OPENspace, Edinburgh
- Author : Moore, R.
- Year : 2004
- Published in Book : Open space, people space
- Abstract in English : Two generations ago, eight to 12-year-olds had opportunities to roam free-range territories extending far from home. Dramatic changes in children’s lifestyles have severely curtailed this behaviour. A growing body of literature indicates a complex issue. Television, the Internet, parental apprehension, traffic dangers, working mothers and commercialisation of children’s play are key factors associated with children’s decreasing time outdoors. The transatlantic obesity crisis is a consequence. What is the role of landscape architecture and allied professions in solving this problem? How can research help designers and policymakers make wise interventions in the urban landscape to ‘pull’ children back outside to reverse the trend towards worsening physical health? A review of the childhood landscape research literature, beginning in the late 1960s, provides a set of empirical findings and a conceptual framework including environmental categories, settings and features for consideration and re-application in the development of new and revised research and practice strategies.
- Comments/Notes : KEYWORDS: urban, childhood, outdoors, design, research, practice.