It is often said that young people spend too much time looking at screens and not enough time outside. Yet when it comes to planning and creating places they are rarely - if ever - asked what they would like. How can we create places that kids will want to explore, feel safe in and enjoy? Physical activity has been described as the 'silver bullet' for preventing ill health and obesity - how can we design our urban environments so that kids are increasingly active in their everyday lives? This event will look at creative place-making for fun and activity and ask how we need to do to make this commonplace.

It will bring together speakers and delegates with an interest in: place-making: well-being; public health; children and young people; active transport; physical activity and play. Participants will include: councillors, planners, play workers, community activists, public health officers, researchers, academics, policy makers and anyone who has an interest in creating places where whole communities can thrive.

Programme highlights and confirmed speakers:

Conference chair: Mary Parsons, Group Director Placemaking and Regeneration, Places for People; and Chair, TCPA

Session 1: setting the scene

Keynote speech: Happy and healthy? Kids in England today Eustace de Sousa, National Lead for Children, Young People and Families, Public Health England

How kids experience their environments Rys Farthing, social policy analyst

Ever decreasing circles? How we've limited kids' freedom and why it matters Dr William Bird, Chief Executive, Intelligent Health

Session 2: Raising our sights

Creating child-friendly cities Samuel Williams and Hannah Wright, landscape architects, Arup

Session 3: Involving kids in placemaking

The Nordic approach Tim Gill, independent researcher, Rethinking Childhood

Session 4: Making it happen

What could planners do? Dr Hugh Ellis, Head of Policy, TCPA

More speakers and topics to follow...

A few reduced-price tickets and complimentary places are available for delegates from community organisations etc. For information please email Michael McLean: 

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Photo courtesy of The Land Trust

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