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Fri 20 Oct 2017
14:30 - 16:30


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What is a child-friendly city? How does this link to other city visions for healthy, green, resilient, connected and fair places? What policy changes need to be achieved to make cities truly child-friendly?

Hear leading designers and thinkers who put children at the heart of city placemaking and join Bristol Child Friendly City partners for discussion and debate.

Bristol Child Friendly City (BCFC) was established in 2015 by the Architecture Centre, Playing Out and Room 13 Hareclive. Since its establishment this initiative, with in-kind support from the University of Bristol and a network of other grassroots organisations, has been enabling a city-wide conversation and delivering live projects aimed at increasing the visibility and voice of all children in the city. At its core the initiative aims to increase children’s access to the physical and democratic space of the city.

This event, How Do We Create Child-Friendly Cities?, is programmed as part of the Festival of the Future City and will be facilitated by the BCFC working group of Amy Harrison (Architecture Centre), Ingrid Skeels (Room13 Hareclive/Playing Out) and Alice Ferguson (Playing Out).

The session brings together a provocation from children living on the Hartcliffe estate on the edge of south Bristol with contributions from prominent thinkers and practitioners sharing best practice from around the world to identify policy changes and practical action to make places child-friendly.

Speakers include:

  • Allison Dutoit (architect, urban designer and a senior lecturer at the University of the West of England)
  • Tim Gill (scholar, advocate and consultant on childhood)
  • Sam Williams (landscape architect, Arup).

It is a session for city decision makers; architects, urban designers, planners, engineers, landscape architects; academics working in childhood, cities, design, democracy; arts and cultural organisations; amenity societies and campaign groups; politicians; council and housing association staff; youth mayors and youth parliament members.

“Our starting point for joint action and change is the public and civic life of children outside of formal education: how can all children be better considered in the physical and democratic ‘space’ of Bristol?” Bristol Child Friendly City network

Bristol Child Friendly City partners