Save the date! On 20 November I will speak during World Children’s Day Webinar organised by Placemaking Europe KIDS , I will talk on a book for children that I have started writing together with children.
My article entitled “Barriers and Pleasures of the Urban Space for Children” has been published in Conscious Cities Anthology 2020: To Shape and Be Shaped, which is a part of Conscious Cities Festival.
Join me on 22.10 during Sensing Our City/ Conscious Warsaw Webinar, which will take place within the framework of Conscious Cities Festival 2020. I will speak on Urban games – children and urban space.
My friend from the UK, who spends half of his life in Scandinavia corrected me once when I described children as less experienced users of a city. Children are not less experienced – they experience differently.
On International Children’s Day I talked on the radio to the journalist Piotr Wróblewski about children in urban space. (in Polish)
“Guerilla audit, i.e. experiencing urban space with children” – invitation for UX Design Poland conference. (in Polish)
A speech during „City for everybody” session at Congress of Urban Policy, 2019
I have learnt to adapt. While moving on fixed routes around Warsaw I know how to switch off: I have big headphones with my favourite music for the route from work to home and e-book on my phone in case of longer trips on public transport. Sometimes, when I want a little change, I chose interaction with other people. Yet, my children exist here and now and they need to feed their need of being active here and now.
Getting ready for my presentation during “Children in the sustainable city” seminar I was thinking why children are so little present in designing cities, which they yet use. I remembered conversations with my friends of how much influence children – even the small ones – have on our purchase decisions. And I am not talking of small expenditures such as kids’ snacks or even clothes. Children co-decide when it comes to choosing cars, apartments, not to mention the destination of family summer holidays. In case of a car they might not be able to judge the engine’s performance or how economical it is, still we value their opinions, because we treat them as partners and equal users.