Now let's hope this really impacts the way we design and retrofit our towns and cities.
There is also a PhD project called Narrative Journey supported by the European Centre, that looks really interesting.
The aim is to "
develop and test 'Narrative Journey' as a tool that can be used by a
range of practitioners working with children, who would like to increase
children’s physical, social and altruistic activities and relationships
with the natural world." I look forward to hearing more......
They have collaborated with very nice, a design consultancy, to form SLÖJD. This is a workshop aiming to bring the best and brightest creative thinkers
in Los Angeles to create a tangible product that will inspire creativity
There are 6 participants invited and 2 slots available if you are interested..... So, if you are an L.A. based designer (sigh.....), click here
and fill out the form at the bottom of the page to nominate yourself or someone you know. The
deadline for nominations is April 28th.
In a park in Târgu-Jiu, Brancusi created three sculptures, the one here is called the "Table of Silence", then there is "The Gate of the Kiss", and finally "Endless Column." They commemorate the courage and sacrifice of Romanian civilians who in 1916 fought off a German invasion.
Thinking about council circles today made me think of this.....
Here's a book I'm wish listing. When London Played is the book from a Lottery funded project that created 100 Street Play events across London.
"One child summed up the transformation to his road in Haringey, when the traffic stopped and the play started;
‘There were no cars, so it was safer and bigger and everyone was together in the street’."
Add that quote to Tim Gill's latest blog post about news consumption, where he writes:
".......the facts show that the strangers who pose the greatest threat to children are those behind the wheel of a car. In 2008
[pdf link] for instance, 91 children under 15 were killed on the roads.
By comparison, there were 23 homicides (and as I show in No Fear,
most child homicides are committed by parents and members of the
extended family, not by strangers). The comparative lack of media
coverage of, or debate about, road danger is itself a telling example of
And we have a fairly compelling argument against cars..... Time to rethink the public realm.