Designing public spaces to enable all 0-5 year children flourish

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Submission Summary
The Public Spaces of Tomorrow are places that enable young children 0-5 to flourish. Contemporary places support healthy child development. The early years are the foundation for lifelong physical and mental health, wellbeing, and social skills. Designing, planning, and building new public spaces for our babies and toddlers should take into consideration the wellbeing of their caregivers. Engage parents, grandparents, siblings, or pregnant women in the design process provides for the ability to create new types of public spaces. Knowledge of how to do it for wellbeing in specific circumstances, places, social or natural environment is the purpose of the work (for ex. the Covid-19 pandemic is still unfolding but the principle of healthy development or caregiver isn`t changing). Responsibility of local authorities, urban planners, architects, park managers, all people engaged in city planning and functioning, have their role to play. During the collaborative workshop Mentor and Student Research Lab 3 in Poland (Gdańsk University of Technology) numerous investigation and methods were tried to answer research questions on how to resolve problems of designing public spaces of tomorrow. International team of mentor, Ph.D. students, M. Arch. students have been committed all along to research, interview, survey, and instant contact (also in the course of Covid-19 pandemic). The research method contains a discussion of sources. Its organized formula is chronologically and thematically divided provides a quick idea of the topic. The literature review, such as the central theme or organizational pattern of research allows to formulate the answer to the research question. A literature review by the chronological progression of the field (ex. evolution of public spaces for kids) and thematically review approximate to a better understanding of the topic. Review of case studies -thematically divided (classification), interviews with caregivers are included. What are the implications? What is extracted from the current literature review? Where can the discussion take place? It is necessary in itself to raise the topic to the top of the agenda even more critically and to make today's public spaces of tomorrow public. Research results are constantly supplemented with recommendations for planning and designing public spaces (not just playgrounds). Paying attention to the needs of people under 5 years of age and their guardians. The recommendations cover various aspects, from facilitating daily travel to bringing nature closer and incorporating the educational layer. It shows how to plan and design public spaces (not just playgrounds), paying attention to the needs of children under 5 years old and carers. The recommendations cover various aspects, from facilitating daily travel to bringing nature closer and incorporating the educational layer.
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6: Creating Healthy and Inclusive Urban Environment
Ph.D Student, Architect
Department of Urban Design and Regional Planning, Faculty of Architecture, Gdańsk University of Technology
Ph.D Student, Architect
Cairo University - Architectural Engineering Department. Cairo, Egypt
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