Growing in Place 2009
The restricted life of children is negatively impacting their healthy development. Children are not allowed to venture out into streets and parks alone, even with their friends as previous generations did. How can the urban public realm be planned and designed so that children find the physical and social stimulation necessary for healthy development and re-engage with the culture and ecology of the place?
The aim of the symposium is to stimulate discussion about how planners and designers can meet the challenge of enhancing the wellbeing of urban families in North Carolina, across the nation and world. As cities grow and develop, opportunities to support family life in a healthy public realm should multiply. European design innovations such as “home zones” together with community participation processes and design guidelines will serve as triggers for discussions about how cities can grow in harmony with the needs of their citizens across the life span.
Marbles Kid’s Museum, Raleigh, NC