Children can help design cities. Here’s how:


Community engagement specialist Mara Mintzer asks a crucial question: what would happen if children helped design our cities?

Children make up a quarter of the population, but rarely have a say in their built environment. This can be seen as a design process issue. For example, in building a park used by children, children should be consulted in the process as end-users of the park.

Mara presents a case study where children are included in the design process for a park. The case study shows that the children who participated in the study influenced the final design! Children also showed themselves to be inclusive designers, taking into account the needs of others like their elderly caretakers.

“If we aren’t including children in our planning, who else aren’t we including?” Mara asks.

Watch the video above, or click here to view it on the TED website.