The 2018 Liveable Cities Conference is being held next month over 16 – 17 July at the Pullman Melbourne on the Park.
Now in its 11th year, this Conference will continue to explore the liveability of our metropolitan and regional urban centres.
Ms Amy Child, Associate Cities and Transport at Arup joins us at the conference to discuss ‘Designing for Urban Childhoods’.
The recent focus on child-friendly cities among built environment professionals has received much attention. The beauty of this theme is that it speaks to a vast number of people. Some of us have children, some of us are grandparents, aunts or uncles. We have all been children. The concept of child friendly cities touches all of us and the desire for our children to have safe and happy childhoods is one most of us share.
Child-friendly urban planning advocates a coherent and systematic approach to planning and designing cities that improves children’s development, health and access to opportunities, moving well beyond simply providing playgrounds. It recognises the fundamental importance, not just of independence and play, but of the built environment in helping to shape a child’s development and prospects, and hence their adult lives.
The benefits of a child-friendly city go beyond children to add value to all citizens’ lives. The amount of time children spend playing outdoors, their ability to get around independently, and their level of contact with nature are strong indicators of how a city is performing, and not just for children but for all city dwellers. Perhaps uniquely, a child-friendly approach has the potential to unite a range of progressive agendas and to act as a catalyst for urban innovation.
Two fundamental concepts for the development of more child-friendly approaches: ‘everyday freedoms’ and ‘children’s infrastructure’.
Our panel discussion will explore a coherent vision for child-friendly cities, key principles and recommendations on how to achieve this. We will touch on actions and opportunities for city stakeholders, including policy makers and city leaders, developers and investors, and built environment professionals, and considers how progress might be measured. Our discussions will be supported by case studies and relevant facts throughout the report add detail and context.
Justin is a Principal at Arup following a 15-year career in Victorian State Parliament. Justin has a particular focus on the ongoing development of the local built environment, working with public and private sector clients in helping deliver project outcomes. Justin’s career in the Victoria State Parliament comprised seven Ministerial portfolios within successive Victorian Labor Governments across 11 years. Prior to his parliamentary career, Justin held the role of President of the AFL Players Association during a successful AFL career totalling 332 AFL Games with both Carlton and Essendon Football Clubs. Justin is also a registered Architect and qualified teacher.
For more information on the upcoming 2018 Liveable Cities Conference in Melbourne and to secure your spot please visit liveablecities.org.au