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Growing Up in Cities: Where To Go, Where To Play: Are Their Any Places For Us In The City
This research examines children's experiences of growing up in urban environments. The purpose of this study is to understand if the existing outdoor spaces support or limit children��s (10-14 years of age) everyday activities and experiences, necessary for healthy development, within low-material-resource neighborhood using informal observations (fields notes and photographs); interviews (with participating children, schools and public officials); children��s drawings, and photographs taken by children.The study focuses on the role of the physical environment in development, specifically the role of neighborhood outdoor spaces in supporting the everyday activities that are important for healthy development.
Eyyad Al-Khalaileh
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Growing Up in Cities: Where To Go, Where To Play: Are Their Any Places For Us In The City
We are a group of faculties in divers fields activlly trying to bring attention and change to youth and childrens issues regarding the role of the physical environment in child development, specifically the role of neighborhood outdoor spaces in supporting the everyday activities that are important for healthy development around the world and MENA area. We are part of a research group called GUIC (growing up in cities). This project Initiated by United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) in the early 1970s, and later reported in the landmark book, Growing Up in Cities (Lynch 1977), it set the stage for participatory research involving children and youth. More recently, during the 1990��s, the Growing Up in Cities (GUIC) project was successfully revived in eight cities: Buenos Aires, Argentina; Melbourne, Australia; Northampton, UK; Bangalore, India; Trondheim, Norway; Warsaw, Poland; Johannesburg, South Africa; Oakland, CA, USA and Amman, Jordan. In each case, the project focused on children from low-income sections of the city because they are the most dependent on the resources of their immediate environment.
Eyyad Al-Khalaileh
Growing Up in Cities: Where To Go, Where To Play: Are Their Any Places For Us In The City
Hi there, your research does intrigue me as this has been a constant topic of conversation among my friends. I live in Kuala Lumpur all my life and I've seen changes that has evolved KL from mere simple city to a metro city. To simplify things, we are currently facing a social problem whih is inter-related with the the low-income earners who lived in the squatters or flats. Most of them i.e families and singles migrated to the city seeking better employment opportunities. However, since cost of living in the city is relatively high these people wind up settling as squatters or living in low cost flats. For famalies with children we see that the tight environment that they are living in has already caused social problem that has it effects quite spread out. Here we find low income families tend to have many children - those living at the squatters area the although the children will have a bit more room to play but the area is not condusive and this people have the tendency not to really tend to their children most of the time. Thus, his children tend to wonder of on their own. As for those living in flats, the space within the unit itlself is not condusive - tight space, not enough bathrooms and so forth. As such the children will tend to go to the so called designated playgrounds which are not that well maintained. I notice all of the said enviromnents are not condusive and safe.As a conclusion, I would suggest that you would also take into consideration the residential planning policy, economic factor versus the actual living/culture needs of the society
Eleena Nasreen A. Bakar Effendie
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