During one of the conferences, while discussing what a perfect place for children looks like, I realised it is like a permanent campsite, where kids can play free, have other children as company, and in the same time have adults within their reach to support them if they are hungry, in trouble or in need of a toilet. Being 6 years old I experienced that kind of perfectness during my holidays to Libya.
I like charrette workshop a lot. It is one of the most sustainable consultation methods, allowing to hear needs of many stakeholders. I also like a lot Mycielski Architecture and Urbanism (MAU) design studio, which is a pioneer of that method in Poland. In addition I miss Teatralny square in Warsaw (presently a big car park, where Polish National Opera is) from 2016. Then, on the occassion of Music Days cars dissapeared for a couple of days, and the space was filled up with greenery and people (photo above). So, when the three elements met and I read that MAU would be organising charrette workshop on the square on the city’s commision, I knew I would take part in it.
Why children should have influence on designing real estate and cities? In „Galaktyka Nieruchomości” I talked to Agnieszka Sławomirska if and how children’s voice can change commercial real estate sector. Conversation (in Polish) is available here.
A week ago the media published a photo of a restaurant door with a sign saying “Children and dogs – no entry without muzzle”. The notice caused outrage, which I understand. In the same time, dealing with children rights in urban space, I see how often in Poland in social discourse children and animals are put in the same box.
I have talked to Urbcast. I told about the book I’m writing with and for children, what children need in a city and why it is so important that urban space is child-friendly and meets those needs. The episode (in Polish) is here.
Meet my characters: Hugo, the 7-year-old narrator of my book, his 10-year-old sister Jana and their mum Mimi. See how Hugo explains what the urban game is about. Enjoy and try to play a bit yourself on your way to work!
My first reviewers are always at home. This is the thumb up, I got from my son after he had read the first draft of my book I write with and for children. Because the idea behind my project is prototyping.
Out of 185 surveyed countries (those that have ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child), Poland is on 123 position in the Kids Rights Index. It is the worst result in the EU, marked with a different colour on a map to mark a lower performance cluster.
After May in Le Plessis-Robinson, where I was surrounded by a new ‘old town’, in June I went for CHANGING CITIES V conference. It took place in Corfu town, which made me reflect further on a topic of place, continuity and power, as well as different aspects of memory in urban environment. Memory of the place was also a big topic of the conference itself, with a day session devoted to it.
When my children heard I would speak on a conference in Paris, they immediately asked me if I was going to visit Disneyland. I said ‘no’. But now, upon my return home to Warsaw, when I sat down to wrap up events of the week of IMCL conference in France, I realised that I actually had visited it.