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children and the city: architecture for play and care

Human scale is the relation between the body and its surroundings. In architecture, human scale can be referred to the relation between the body and the constructed forms around it, and what occurs between the human body and constructed space is the human experience. Space is perceived differently in relation to the scale of our bodies.

In Cities for People, Jan Gehl argues that most cities have failed to consider the human aspect when it came to planning the built environment, the scale of our buildings and streets have been developed in favour of the car, consideration for the pedestrian is non-existent, therefore how children experience our cities can be enormously different to how we, as bigger and adult human beings experience these spaces.

My research explores how children inhabit, navigate, and play within our cities – with the aim of creating a place of belonging and integration for children in our city.

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jessica huang

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