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Landscape Architecture Frontiers 044

Children and Urban Environments

By (author) Kongjian Yu
By (author) Helen Woolley
By (author) Stella Christie
By (author) John Zacharias
By (author) Guangsi Lin
By (author) Yao Shen


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  • Provides insights on how to improve safety and comfort of outdoor activities for children through landscape design
  • Focuses on environments which are closely related with children's daily outdoor activities, such as the streetscapes from home to school, and all kinds of children's outdoor places in schools and neighbourhoods
  • Neighbourhood-scale design practices that integrate with multi-lateral participation, urban renewal, and infrastructure improvement
Full Description

Urban environments (including built, natural, and social environments) crucially impact children’s physical and psychological health, particularly in cities. Now children’s mentality and safety, and the freedom of travelling and playing have raised concerns in society. In this issue, trans-disciplinary discussions between scholars and practitioners in landscape architecture and environmental psychology, environmental behaviours, human engineering, public health, etc., as well as city managers, are encouraged to explore the ways to improve urban environments for children’s outdoor activities. With such a multi-disciplinary coverage, this issue aims to update landscape architects’ theoretical and methodological approaches to issues of children and urban environments, with a deeper understanding of their disciplinary competences, limitations, and challenges thus to find out their irreplaceable role in guaranteeing children’s well-beings.

About the Author

Kongjian Yu is a doctor of design at the Graduate School of Design, Harvard University and an honorary foreign fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, as well as a professor for the College of Architecture and Landscape at Peking University.

Helen Woolley is an associated professor for the department of landscape architecture at the University of Sheffield.

Stella Christie is an associate professor for the department of psychology at Tsinghua University, a research chair of Tsinghua laboratory of brain and intelligence, and the director of the child cognition centre of Tsinghua laboratory of brain and intelligence.

John Zacharias is a professor at the College of Architecture and Landscape at Peking University and the director of the laboratory for urban process modelling and applications at Peking University.

Guangsi Lin is a professor and PhD supervisor for the department of landscape architecture, School of Architecture, South China University of Technology, as well as the fellow of the state key laboratory of subtropical building science and Guangzhou municipal key laboratory of landscape architecture.

Yao Shen is a doctor of environmental gardening at Chiba University and is associate professor for the department of urban and rural planning at the School of Architecture, Hunan University.

Xiaoxuan Lu is an assistant professor of landscape architecture at the University of Hong Kong.

ORO Editions
24th Sep 2020
Paperback / softback
World excluding USA, Canada, Australasia & Asia (except Japan; China non-exclusive)
290 mm x 280 mm
164 Pages
140 color
Name of series
Landscape Architecture Frontiers
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