A city for all citizens : integrating children and youth from marginalized populations into city planning

Derr, Victoria, Chawla, Louise, Mintzer, Mara, Cushing, Debra Flanders, & van Vliet, Willem (2013) A city for all citizens : integrating children and youth from marginalized populations into city planning. Buildings, 3(3), pp. 482-505.

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Socially just, intergenerational urban spaces should not only accommodate children and adolescents, but engage them as participants in the planning and design of welcoming spaces. With this goal, city agencies in Boulder, Colorado, the Boulder Valley School District, the Children, Youth and Environments Center at the University of Colorado, and a number of community organizations have been working in partnership to integrate young people’s ideas and concerns into the redesign of parks and civic areas and the identification of issues for city planning. Underlying their work is a commitment to the Convention on the Rights of the Child and children’s rights to active citizenship from a young age. This paper describes approaches used to engage with young people and methods of participation, and reflects on lessons learned about how to most effectively involve youth from underrepresented populations and embed diverse youth voices into the culture of city planning.

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ID Code: 61567
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: children’s rights, children, child friendly cities, participatory urban design, urban planning, youth, adolescents
DOI: 10.3390/buildings3030482
ISSN: 2075-5309
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > HUMAN GEOGRAPHY (160400)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Children & Youth Research Centre
Current > Schools > School of Design
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 by the authors; licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland.
Copyright Statement: This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/).
Deposited On: 01 Aug 2013 04:10
Last Modified: 01 Aug 2013 21:08

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