The City from 95cm: How Do 3 Year Olds Experience Urban Life?
A global initiative is asking city designers to look at the world from the eyes of a child- quite literally as they ask adults to stop and view the city from a child’s height of 95cm. This strategy, by the Bernard van Leer Foundation, aims “to work with urban planners, architects, engineers and city managers to incorporate a focus on early childhood development into the planning and management of cities.” By both physically and mentally viewing the city through the eyes of a child, we can design cities that are safer, friendly, and more equipped for children.
#Urban95 CM: The City at Toddler Level https://t.co/XWCiX0ToyY by @JulienVincelot @De_Zwijger #PlacemakingWeek #urbanplanning #HealthyPlaces pic.twitter.com/AzZYQGrs6L
— Project for Public Spaces (@PPS_Placemaking) October 23, 2017
Urban95 has partnered with cities around the world to implement this child-focused strategy. What design impacts will these partnerships create? What areas of the city are most in need of innovation to better suit the lives of children? Check out their projects in India and São Paulo as examples of where this work could be heading!
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