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Child-Friendly Environments—What, How and by Whom?

Jansson, Märit and Herbert, Emma and Zalar, Alva and Johansson, Maria (2022). Child-Friendly Environments—What, How and by Whom? Sustainability. 14 :8 , 4852
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The socio-physical qualities of built environments are, in several ways, of imperative importance for children growing up. The Child-Friendly Cities initiative by UNICEF, an implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, has made local governments strive toward child-friendliness. The participation of children and young people is often the focus of such projects, with a potential for a far broader scope. Besides participation processes, what important socio-physical qualities make environments child-friendly, and how can they be developed? This paper presents a structured literature review of the concept of child-friendly environments, in order to address the full socio-physical spectrum. The results focus on concrete factors that have been filtered through child-friendliness and the associated frameworks, showing an inherent dependence between the social context and the physical environment. The shaping of child-friendliness hinges on the realization of environments that are safe, fair, and with accessible and variable green and open spaces. A multi-stakeholder endeavor including, e.g., planners, designers, and managers requires clearly outlined priorities. This study lays the groundwork for further exploration of how the concept of child-friendly environments can lead to positive changes, also as part of the overall strive toward sustainable development.

Authors/Creators:Jansson, Märit and Herbert, Emma and Zalar, Alva and Johansson, Maria
Title:Child-Friendly Environments—What, How and by Whom?
Series Name/Journal:Sustainability
Year of publishing :2022
Article number:4852
Number of Pages:26
Publication Type:Article Review/Survey
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Copyright:Creative Commons: Attribution 4.0
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 4 Agricultural Sciences > 401 Agricultural, Forestry and Fisheries > Landscape Architecture
Keywords:child-friendliness, landscape architecture, landscape management, landscape planning, urban design, urban planning, socio-physical environments
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ID Code:27622
Faculty:LTV - Fakulteten för landskapsarkitektur, trädgårds- och växtproduktionsvetenskap
Department:(LTJ, LTV) > Department of Landscape Architecture, Planning and Management
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Deposited On:26 Apr 2022 09:25
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