The Built Environment for Children: Stockholm Experience
2015 (English)Conference paper, Abstract (Other academic)
The enjoyment of, and impact on children from the built environment is a very significant aspect of “social sustainability”, but it is relatively underrepresented in the discourse on sustainable development. Despite significant advancements in the understanding of the relationship between the built environment and child health and development made over the past several decades, many argue that contemporary urban (and sub-urban) environments in developed countries are having negative repercussions on child health and development.
Stockholm, featuring both advancements as child-friendly city which reflects Sweden’s national branding as “child-friendly” nation (Swedish Institute, 2012) and challenges as to its radical urban transformation which in combination with a relative shortage of housing that places great pressure on city planning. The paper draws importance to the phenomenon of public space regeneration, with particular focus on understanding how public spaces can be built and adapted to provide children with environments that stimulate their social, educational and physical development. The high levels of activities to modify, expand, and build new areas in the city to accommodate more people, including more children, provides a dynamic and robust setting for case study. This paper reviews the built environment for pre-school aged children (age 0-6) in the city of Stockholm and investigate how planners, architects and designers account for children as users of the spaces and places that they plan and design. A series of case studies on child-friendly design are provided in order to produce learning materials for architects, planners and policy makers based upon the Stockholm experience.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Urban Design, Architecture, Cities, Children
Research subject Architecture
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-165798OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-165798DiVA: diva2:808832
52nd International Making Cities Livable Conference on Achieving Green, Healthy Cities in Bristol, UK, June 29 – July 3, 2015
NV 201505042015-04-292015-04-292015-05-04Bibliographically approved