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Living with Imagination in the Suburbs

Walking through the playground, you could see what it once was. Several small play shelters have signs above them — "Bakery", "Mechanic", "Hairy Bug Hairdresser". There is a soft-fall road weaving it's way through the playground, connecting each of the "stores". A long bridge creates the main structure of the play equipment, with tunnels and … Continue reading Living with Imagination in the Suburbs

Making Public Space a Community Asset

The sun was starting to dip low in the sky as another warm, autumn day began to cool. A small piece of seasoned hardwood crackled in the fire as smoke rose slowly over the rooftops around us. The gentle sound of acoustic guitar could just be heard among the chatter of friends, both old and … Continue reading Making Public Space a Community Asset

7 Neighbourhood Necessities (Part 3): The Wellbeing of Children

The mayor of Bagota Columbia, Enrique Penalosa, said: "Children are a kind of indicator species. If we can build a successful city for children, we will have a successful city for all people.” The Cities Alive (2017) report from ARUP suggests that the way children move and interact with the built environment can tell us a … Continue reading 7 Neighbourhood Necessities (Part 3): The Wellbeing of Children

7 Neighbourhood Necessities (Part 2): Health & Wellbeing

In this blog series I will be exploring the seven neighbourhood necessities that John McKnight and Peter Block write about in their book, The Abundant Community. The first post explored safety and security in the neighbourhood, and in this post we will be looking at health and wellbeing In new developments, such as the community I am a … Continue reading 7 Neighbourhood Necessities (Part 2): Health & Wellbeing

7 Neighbourhood Necessities (Part 1): Safety & Security

In their book, The Abundant Community, John McKnight and Peter Block write about seven neighbourhood necessities. The first of these necessities is safety and security which comes from being an active neighbourhood participant. Fear is the opposite of feeling safe and secure - fear of change, fear of harm, fear of being judged or rejected. In … Continue reading 7 Neighbourhood Necessities (Part 1): Safety & Security