Inclusive design: Planning public urban spaces for children

Jawaid Haider

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This paper critically examines questions of inclusive design and planning to encourage children's spatial mobility in public spaces. This perspective is based on three interrelated premises: first, public space must be inclusive for children and youth, and their spatial mobility in civic events, activities and gatherings must be encouraged via planning and design. Second, an intergenerational perspective is indispensable to the task of rejuvenating lost public space for the young. Third, a participatory approach to the planning and design of the public realm is central to the creation of an inclusive environment. The paper identifies design attributes of public spaces that encourage children's mobility and emphasises the need for children's active participation in decision making.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)83-88
Number of pages6
JournalProceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers: Municipal Engineer
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1 2007


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Civil and Structural Engineering

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