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Buildings 2013, 3(3), 482-505; doi:10.3390/buildings3030482

A City for All Citizens: Integrating Children and Youth from Marginalized Populations into City Planning

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Environmental Design Program, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO 80305-0314, USA
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Children, Youth and Environments Center for Community Engagement, Environmental Design Program, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO 80305-0314, USA
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Landscape Architecture, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, QLD 4001, Australia
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Received: 17 May 2013 / Revised: 9 July 2013 / Accepted: 12 July 2013 / Published: 23 July 2013
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Designing Spaces for City Living)
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Socially just, intergenerational urban spaces should not only accommodate children and adolescents, but engage them as participants in the planning and design of welcoming spaces. With this goal, city agencies in Boulder, Colorado, the Boulder Valley School District, the Children, Youth and Environments Center at the University of Colorado, and a number of community organizations have been working in partnership to integrate young people’s ideas and concerns into the redesign of parks and civic areas and the identification of issues for city planning. Underlying their work is a commitment to the Convention on the Rights of the Child and children’s rights to active citizenship from a young age. This paper describes approaches used to engage with young people and methods of participation, and reflects on lessons learned about how to most effectively involve youth from underrepresented populations and embed diverse youth voices into the culture of city planning.
Keywords: children; adolescents; youth; urban planning; urban design; participatory planning; participatory urban design; child friendly cities; children’s rights children; adolescents; youth; urban planning; urban design; participatory planning; participatory urban design; child friendly cities; children’s rights
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Derr, V.; Chawla, L.; Mintzer, M.; Cushing, D.F.; Van Vliet, W. A City for All Citizens: Integrating Children and Youth from Marginalized Populations into City Planning. Buildings 2013, 3, 482-505.

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