14 ways to design child-friendly cities
<div><span style="font-size:16px;"><b>Playable spaces</b></span></div><div><span style="font-size:16px;">look beyond basic design functions, take a balanced approach to risk and provide facilities for families to spend time together for longer.</span></div>
<div><span style="font-size:16px;"><b>Traffic measures</b></span></div><div><span style="font-size:16px;">such as colourful crossings or shared spaces redefine use and aid driver awareness of pedestrians and street activities. See case study examples of how this has been done </span><a href="https://www.arup.com/publications/research/section/cities-alive-designing-for-urban-childhoods"><span style="font-size:16px;">here.</span></a></div>
<div><span style="font-size:16px;"><b>Multi-use community spaces </b></span></div><div><span style="font-size:16px;">make smart use of space around schools, and other community facilities and enable out of hours use.</span></div>
<div><span style="font-size:16px;"><b>Community gardens</b></span></div><div><span style="font-size:16px;">provide opportunities for intergenerational activities, socialising, skills development and outdoor physical activity.</span></div>
<div><span style="font-size:16px;"><b>Multifunctional green infrastructure</b></span></div><div><span style="font-size:16px;">caters for multiple purposes, such as stormwater parks that enable play in both flooded and dry conditions.</span></div>
<div><span style="font-size:16px;"><b>Cultural and heritage spaces</b></span></div><div><span style="font-size:16px;">can become assets for inclusive and playful city life when combined with sensitive conservation.</span></div>
<div><span style="font-size:16px;"><b>Sense of ownership</b></span></div><div><span style="font-size:16px;">of public space through co-creation and increased activity can help to decrease vandalism and maintenance costs.</span></div>
<div><span style="font-size:16px;"><b>Wild spaces</b></span></div><div><span style="font-size:16px;">are flexible and adaptable areas that reactivate vacant or underused plots and bring nature back into the community.</span></div>
<div><span style="font-size:16px;"><b>Playful encounters</b></span></div><div><span style="font-size:16px;">such as public art or creative bus or tram stop designs invite playful interaction as part of everyday journeys and activities.</span></div>
<div><span style="font-size:16px;"><b>Intergenerational spaces</b></span></div><div><span style="font-size:16px;">can become community hubs that increase interaction and exchange between the young and the old.</span></div>
<div><span style="font-size:16px;"><b>Neighbourhood mapping</b></span></div><div><span style="font-size:16px;">led by children, provides deeper insights into an area’s issues and opportunities. </span><a href="https://www.arup.com/publications/research/section/cities-alive-designing-for-urban-childhoods"><span style="font-size:16px;">Find out more.</span></a></div>
<div><span style="font-size:16px;"><b>Pedestrian priority</b></span></div><div><span style="font-size:16px;">removes or calms traffic to create a safe environment for everyday street play and socialising. For examples </span><a href="https://www.arup.com/publications/research/section/cities-alive-designing-for-urban-childhoods"><span style="font-size:16px;">see here</span></a><span style="font-size:16px;">.</span></div>
<div><span style="font-size:16px;"><b>Play streets</b></span></div><div><span style="font-size:16px;">temporarily closed to through traffic allow communities to use the space while reducing air pollution and traffic danger.</span></div>
<div><span style="font-size:16px;">Cities Alive: Designing for Urban Childhoods</span></div><div><br></div><div>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. Read more.</div><div><br></div> www.arup.com 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. Read more.
<div><span style="font-size:16px;"><b>Construction sites</b></span></div><div><span style="font-size:16px;">can become engaging places and educational assets for the local community, e.g. by hoarding design that makes work visible.</span></div>

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