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jessica huang

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children and the city: architecture for play and care

The city is an adult’s world – filled with complicated matters and potential danger, with the realms for children being limited to the enclosed spaces of schools, weekend parks and the home. For the child this often means that the city is a mystery up until when they graduate school. The dissertation looks at the position of children in the city by examining the way they inhabit, navigate and play.

Through investigating the concept of affordances and observations of children’s various movements within the city, the paper explores how different spaces give children opportunities for place-making: actions that enable expression of identity.

The design proposes an architecture which offers a space for their expression, play and learning while connecting them both spatially and socially within the city.

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