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Designing for urban childhoods report


A new report, Cities Alive: Designing for Urban Childhoods, proposes a child-friendly approach to urban planning, to help build successful cities that work for everyone.

The report explores the benefits of child-friendly practices, illustrated by case studies from around the world. It also sets out a vision for child-friendly cities, followed by key principles and recommendations on how to achieve this. It concludes with actions and opportunities for policy makers and city leaders, developers and investors, and built environment professionals.

The report states:

‘The amount of time children spend playing outdoors, their ability to get around independently, and their level of contact with nature are strong indicators of how a city is performing, not just for children but for all generations of city dwellers. If cities fail to address the needs of children, they risk economic and cultural impacts as families move away.’

The report is published by Arup, an international organisation of designers, planners, engineers, consultants and technical specialists, working across every aspect of the built environment. 

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