Published with UNESCO. Focusing on low-income neighbourhoods in both the developing and developed worlds.
Half the world's children live in cities and the proportion is growing. Their environment critically determines their futures and the world they will make as adults. This text, by an interdisciplinary team of international child-environment authorities, explores how crucial the relationship of the young and their surroundings is. Covering eight countries, it shows the enormous benefits - for them, for the wider society and for the future - of involving children, especially from underprivileged communities, in planning and implementing urban improvements. It continues and updates Kevin Leech's pioneering 1970s MIT project, Growing Up in Cities.
Table of Contents
Foreword 9 (2)
Introductory Note 11 (4)
Introduction 15 (20)
Cities for Human Development
Argentina 35 (22)
Our Neighbourhood is Like That!
United Kingdom 57 (24)
Australia 81 (30)
South Africa 111(24)
Children in a South African Squatter Camp
Gain and Lose a Voice
Tales from Truth Town
Large but Not Unlimited Freedom in a Nordic
United States 183(18)
Adapting During a Time of Great Change
Toward Better Cities for Children and Youth
Appendix: Research Guidelines 243(6)