VIDEO: How Kids Can Help Design Cities

If a city is designed from point of view of kids the city will function for everyone.

A city’s spaces designed WITH kids, rather than spaces designed by adults FOR kids:

Adults tend to think of kids as “future citizens” — their ideas and opinions will matter someday, just not today. But kids make up a quarter of the population, so shouldn’t they have a say in what the world they’ll inherit will look like? Urban planner Mara Mintzer shares what happened when she and her team asked kids to help design a park in Boulder, Colorado — and how it revealed an important blind spot in how we construct the built environment. “If we aren’t including children in our planning, who else aren’t we including?”

Mara Mintzer thrives on engaging children, youth and underrepresented communities in participatory planning, an approach that aims to integrate the views of all community members into designing exemplary communities.

Watch the TED talk:

https://www.ted.com/talks/mara_mintzer_how_kids_can_help_design_cities/up-next?language=en

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