How Do We Create Child-Friendly Cities?

Allison Dutoit, Alice Ferguson, Tim Gill, Amy Harrison, Gil Penalosa, Ingrid Skeels, Sam Williams and Room 13 Hareclive

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What is a child-friendly city? How does this link to other city visions for healthy, green, resilient, connected and fair places? What policy changes need to be achieved to make cities truly child-friendly? Three Bristol-based organisations – Architecture Centre, Playing Out and Room 13 Hareclive – formed the Bristol Child-Friendly City (BCFC) initiative in 2015, with the aim of increasing children’s access to the physical and democratic space of the city.

This event is programmed and facilitated by the BCFC working group: Amy Harrison (Architecture Centre), Ingrid Skeels (Room 13 Hareclive/Playing Out) and Alice Ferguson (Playing Out). This group, with in-kind support from the University of Bristol and a network of other grassroots organisations, has been enabling a city-wide conversation and delivering live projects aimed at increasing the visibility and voice of all children in the city.

‘Our starting point for joint action and change is the public and civic life of children outside of formal education: how can all children be better considered in the physical and democratic ‘space’ of Bristol?’ (from BCFC vision statement).

The session brings together a provocation from Room 13 children living on the Hartcliffe estate on the edge of south Bristol with contributions from prominent thinkers and practitioners sharing best practice from around the world to identify policy changes and practical action to make places child-friendly. Speakers include Allison Dutoit (architect, urban designer and a senior lecturer at the University of the West of England), Tim Gill (scholar, advocate and consultant on childhood) and Sam Williams (landscape architect, Arup).

It is a session for city decision makers; architects, urban designers, planners, engineers, landscape architects; academics working in childhood, cities, design, democracy; arts and cultural organisations; amenity societies and campaign groups; politicians; council and housing association staff; youth mayors and youth parliament members.

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