Monday, December 19, 2016

Resilience: connecting young people with nature

A resilient city is one where young people have easy access to nature and outdoor play, argues Samuel Williams of the planning and design company, Arup. Here, her explains why it is time for designers to prioritise these spaces.

Reconnecting young people with nature will build more resilient cities and communities, and should therefore be a top priority for designers. This reconnection can take many forms, work at any scale, and provide a huge range of benefits. If nature becomes a focal part of a city it can provide enjoyment, stimulation, adventure and fun for everyone.

Outdoor play, everyday freedoms and access to space are critical to our well-being and development. And despite the popularity of video games and social media platforms, the overwhelming majority of the younger generation still state a preference to play outdoors.

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