I feel like I’ve been living in a city with no children in it

“ Armstrong*, who investigated the effect of reduced autonomous mobility on the physical development of children found that 50% of girls and 30% of boys aged between 10 and 16 did not walk even as much as ten minutes a day.”

The Children’s City project confronts the city administrators with a new philosophy for governing the city in which the child is selected as the prototype citizen. From a city of adults, of motor cars, to a city of children, in order to be certain that it is a city for all citizens. (…) the children are given their say, their needs are listened to and account is taken of their proposals. It is suggested that proper urban planning strategies are adopted and adults’ behaviours changed in order to restore to the children the possibility of walking through the streets of their city on their own.”

“Restoring the children’s autonomy, bringing them back into the streets and squares is probably one of the surest ways of recovering the city and ensuring its sustainable development.”

Francesco Tonucci // Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies, National Research Council, Rome, Italy


* Armstrong, N. (1993). Independent mobility and children’s physical development. In M. Hillman, Ed., Children, transport and the quality of life, London: Policy Studies Institute, pp 35-43.
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