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Stålhamre, Jenny (2008) Stadsrum för barn. Other thesis, SLU.

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In my opinion, the city is a place fit as much for children as for grown-ups. I have noticed, however, that this is not a view shared by everyone. Does not the urban space belong as much to children as to other people? Yes, of course. Today and in the future most people will live and grow to be adults in cities. I would even take it as far as to say that without children, there will be no real city. And wherever the children go so does their playing. It can not be constrained to dedicated places. Why then, do many people not think of children and the city as a natural combination? Probably because society, all in good intentions, has created these dedicated children-places. These places contribute in alienating children from the rest of the city. Few seem to have noticed that these obscure and uniform places have long been demned unsuitable for play by both experts and the children themselves. The ever increasing motor traffic and parent´s worries about the dark elements of society are other factors that prevent children from taking part in ordinary city life. In order to create good places for children, people´s views on what good places for children are have to change. One way of achieving this could be to integrate different types of environments. That is, to stop dedicating the city space functionally to the degree that is done today and to make sure that people of different ages meet naturally by attending the same place at the same time. We need places where people can do what they feel like and where they enjoy staying. Contrary to what one might think, children and grown-ups usually prefer the same type of environment. All human beings, including children, are different and have different needs on diffrent occasions. To make sure that as many as possible can find a place to enjoy, a big variety in the city space is necessary. This proposal is an investigation of what such a city space could look like in the shape of a school yard, or rather a school park. The result is an environment rich in material and shapes of rooms and on many different levels. It would include only a limited number of fixed playground devices and will hopefully enable its users to make a personal imprint.

Item Type: Thesis (Other)
Keywords: barn, lek, skolgård, stadsrum, landskapsarkitektur
Subject (faculty): Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science > Dept. Landscape Architecture
Divisions: SLU > Faculty of Landscape Planning, Horticulture and Agricultural Science
Depositing User: Jenny Stålhamre
Date Deposited: 28 Jan 2008
Last Modified: 18 Aug 2015 09:58
URI: http://ex-epsilon.slu.se/id/eprint/2152

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