Monthly Archives: October 2016

Children in City Panning

I was very interested in how the community workshop was going to go. I was extremely surprised by the amount of people that came out to support the project. However, I was worried that the people that attended might not … Continue reading

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The Importance of Play

I found myself relating to many of the situations and ideas discussed in today’s readings, which only made the issue of children’s lack of exposure to their communities even more real and upsetting. It is only recently that parents have acquired … Continue reading

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Street Smarts: What’s That?

There are generally two broad categories of smart: street smart, and book smart. I believe that we all have a little bit of both, but one has tended to become more prominent, in our children. For instance, everyone used to … Continue reading

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Streets and Children

This week I really enjoyed the reading, and in particular Ray’s piece on childhood and the value of street play. I think he hit such a variety of important points having to do with the role of streets and independent … Continue reading

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Think About Your Children

When talking about politics, global warming, or conservation you can almost be guaranteed to hear the phrase, “Think about your children.” I have probably heard this phrase uttered more than 100x during my short life-time and I will likely hear … Continue reading

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Bring the Children Back

Society is a constantly changing entity and if we, as place makers, do not keep up then vital factions of culture and development will be lost. In the readings and class discussions it is clear that certain aspects of childhood … Continue reading

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Children in the Community

In previous readings, we have been exposed to Jane Jacob’s strongly held beliefs in regards to urban planning, and the importance of creating spaces that are made for and by its inhabitants. In her chapter entitled “In the Uses of … Continue reading

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Childhood in Developed Cities

It is interesting to read about the loss of childhood in urban areas, especially in what we consider “developed cities”. While a few decades ago, parents would be comfortable sending their kids into the world with nothing but a time … Continue reading

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Children and Technology

The first thing that really stood out to me from the Changing Nature of Children, Participation and City Design was the mention that children have become overrun with television and technology, which adds to the issue of un-involvement in their … Continue reading

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Sidewalks and Responsibility

Growing up in a small suburban town, my parents were never concerned with the safety of our street. Especially since they knew everyone that lived on the block. Most of the time I was outside I would either be riding … Continue reading

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