Let kids loose on design, says new advice

CABE Space is backing up the recent It’s your Space campaign and Better Public Spaces manifesto with yet more guidance, this time aimed at kids.

The advice, due in around a fortnight, looks at using children and young adults in design and management of public spaces. A series of guidelines will ask why, how and when should you involve youngsters. Author Louisa Neuberger of the Glasshouse, a national education service for local groups, said using children “instilled life-long enthusiasm for public space”. The guide, produced with CABE Education, includes examples of public spaces, some in the making and some complete. These include a shelter designed by a young people, youth worker Sharon Robinson and artist Pete Codling at Freemantle Lake Park in Southampton. Kids formed a youth forum and for 18 months immersed themselves in consultation, planning and design. For more details on the guide contact Nicola Mathers, nmathers@cabe.org.uk, 020 7960 2464

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