5-2013 Built Environment for Children

Researcher: Jing Jing. 

Improving design for children is critical to the present and future development of cities and societies. This is a field that will only gain importance as the global population in cities continues to grow. The research draws importance to the public domain, with particular focus on understanding how public places and spaces can be built and adapted to provide children with environments that stimulate their social, educational and physical development. This work reviews the built environment for preschool-aged children (age 0-6) in the city of Stockholm and investigates how planners, architects and designers account for children as users of the spaces and places that they plan and design. In total, 40 case studies with 65 interviews have been conducted during 2014-2015, and explained in a narrative manner. The findings draw on literature review as well as the insights and experience of the interviewees, with the intention of providing a study that can be used as a source and learning material for architects, planners and policy makers based upon the Stockholm experience.

Download the PDF: ARQ 5-2013_Built Environment for Children_Report2016