The Federal Office for Building and Regional Planning

Publication Urban spaces of children:
Child-oriented urban development

original title: Stadt(t)räume von Kindern: Kinderorientierte Stadtentwicklung

Cover: IzR 2/2018

Editor: BBSR Series: Informationen zur Raumentwicklung (IzR) Issue: 2/2018 Published: July 2018 ISSN: 0303-2493 Language: German / English

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Germany is a country of urban children. 90% of all children live in cities in our country – 60% alone in large and medium-sized cities. Against this background the rating of the child-friendly or the child-appropriate city is a significant location factor for many cities and municipalities in Germany. Secure streets, well-kept playgrounds and sufficient places for care are catchwords that occur in the discussion about the consideration of children in our cities.

However, in child-oriented or child-appropriate urban development the issues are not only infrastructure, places and urban areas for children. Rather, children must be actively involved in the evaluation and planning of their living environment. They are the experts in the perception, appropriation, evaluation and design of their urban environment. And: child-appropriate planning means to plan with a human scale.

The current issue takes a closer look at this change of perspective and considers the children up to the end of their time in primary school. Many important questions are in the focus: where do children play in the city and how do they move? How do they perceive their living environment? How has childhood changed in urban areas in the past decades? How are children involved in the planning practice of German cities? And how is it in a European comparison?

Most articles are in German (one is in English).

Lena Hatzelhoffer ( ),
Karin Hartmann ( ),
Daniel Regnery, Friederike Vogel

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