How to give children a voice and a role in shaping the cities of the future? How to raise awareness about the positive impact that children’s opinion could bring to society and especially to the placemaking community? As part of the World Children’s day celebration, the Placemaking Europe Kids group, which Maja Simoneti from IPoP is a part of, is organizing a webinar about the concept of child-friendly cities from the perspective of children.
20 November 2020 at 14:00 (CET) – 16:00
Zoom (link will be available upon registration)
During the webinar, the Placemaking Europe Kids group will briefly share the latest activities and create a momentum for discussion and knowledge exchange about working with and for children. Together with the international list of speakers, coming from different organizations, relations with children and sectors the group wishes to explore how we can create better urban areas and places together with children and the rest of the community.
In placemaking, the children are often considered quite simplistic, narrowed to locations of children’s playgrounds. But children play and live everywhere in the city, they walk the streets and roads, they visit libraries, shops and theatres. The UNICEF Child-Friendly Cities Initiative embodies the need to consider children in urban planning and management.
Placemaking puts the local community at the centre of spatial planning and management. Involving residents and local actors in all phases of the process, from evaluating the situation to designing, testing and implementing new solutions, is a key innovation and feature of this planning approach.
Placemaking is therefore also a unique framework involving children in spatial planning, revitalisation and redesign processes. The participation of children in the process provides new, different and fresh ideas, presents their needs and views on space and other users, and contributes to the realization of children’s right to participate in matters that concern them.
The right to cooperate, to express themselves on matters relating to them, is recognized by the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of the Child (1989). Exercising this right is a major challenge for all signatories and is far from great.
The Placemaking Europe Kids group believes that in placemaking, there are many opportunities for children to have a say and the right to participate. The webinar will also host the 9-year-old children’s mayor of Amsterdam.
Register on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.nl/e/kids-cities-tickets-127672085645
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Meet the inspiring team of speakers
Dominic, 9 years old, is a freshly elected Children’s Mayor of Amsterdam. Together with the children’s council, he hopes to represent all children in Amsterdam.
Bas Warmerdam, a Founder of ConsultingKids in the Hague, Netherlands will talk about the work of their organisation, organising activities for children to harness children’s way of thinking and lack of inhibition and develop innovative solutions to help organizations and our society overcome challenges and keep it moving forward.
Urška Kranjc from Paz! Park Association, Slovenia will share an example of their activities with children, where they developed workshops and other events aimed at explaining the children aspect of play areas.
Beata Patuszyńska of cityforchildren.pl for Warsaw, Poland will share her experience talking and listening to children speaking about their experience of urban space, which she shares through conference presentations, articles and lectures.
Roel Camps from the City of Antwerp, Belgium will tell us how they ensure that children and young people can give their opinion about the city they live and about his work balancing strategic level and fieldwork.
Inéz van der Voet from Zwolle, Netherlands will talk about her experience as a mother of a young boy with autism, the challenges they are facing everyday in the city and her work in raising the awareness about it in the community.
Adriana Aralica from PIC Legal-Informational Centre for NGOs, Slovenia will explain the gaps and bottleneck in ensuring the full implementation of children’s rights, including the right to participate, and how the EU-level developments will further improve the situation of children in Europe.
Macieja Zacher from Municipality of Skawina, Poland will bring to the table his perspective as a local government representative and urban activist by presenting a case of safe and sustainable school travel in small and medium-sized cities on an example of Skawina.
About the Placemaking Europe and European Placemaking Kids working group
Placemaking Europe is a network of practitioners, academics, community leaders, market actors and policymakers throughout Europe in the field of placemaking.
We develop and share knowledge. We develop, test and use tools, exchange ideas and actively shape projects together. We support and collaborate with organisations who want to work on placemaking, social life, human scale, and a better eye-level experience.
Our mission is to together accelerate placemaking as a way to create healthy, inclusive, and beloved communities.
Our vision is to make spaces we live into spaces we love. Creating a thriving, equitable, and sustainable world by joining values and actions around our public spaces.
The participants of our network, all across Europe and internationally, are working on varied specialised themes to efficiently drive the pursuit of better cities looking forward to using placemaking as a tool. There are 11 working groups within our network, covering the topics such as movement and well-being and climate change, communication and journal of public spaces, and the KIDS group.
The KIDS Working Group focuses on children’s well being, and their interaction with space and the city. The group aims to use placemaking to create child-friendly cities. Our mission is to give children a voice and a role in decision-making for urban development; to raise awareness about positive impact children’s opinion could bring to society; compare different European realities in relation to child-responsive planning.
Some of our recent activities include The City at Eye Level for Kids manual with tools for co-designing neighbourhoods and city centres that are healthy, safe, accessible, interactive and stimulating for children and their parents and translation of the exploration diary for children to express their emotions during a period of lockdown called Exploring at home.