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Friday, 11 May  - 4.30h to 5.45h p.m.


Currently, the social aspect of Architecture has increased users participation in the spaces they inhabit and their ability to transform them. However, the novelty is the recent inclusion of children in these processes, at least in a generalized way, even though such a premise appears in the Convention on the Rights of the Child since 1989.

Child participation often requires a specific methodology according to their age range and is usually linked to educational processes. Deepening on these methodologies and their scope will be the subject of these seminars where participants will share experiences, discuss points of view and draw conclusions.

Some of the issues to be debated will be: Which kind of processes are spreading children´s participation (schools, playgrounds, playgrounds, neighborhoods ...)? Are they linked to educational processes? Are specific forums such as Children's Council proposed by Tonucci in The City of Children project, the most appropriate places for childhood and youth to think about the city? Should methodologies be adapted to different ages or should they be universal? What are the most known successful examples of this issue?

Each seminar will have around 35 places. The election of the workshop will be made within the Biennial registration form. CV speakers and workshop proposals are available by clicking on them.


Saturday, 12 May -  4.45h to 6.00h p.m.

Urban spaces are inhospitable for children. In addition to the dangers of traffic, there is a lack of social contexts that promote the sense of safety needed to reclaim free play and movement around the city. For the very first time, free play time without adult supervision has disappeared. The consequences, as well as the loss of contact with Nature, are being collected in different researches. It is urgent to generate systems and proposals that regain the children's presence in the streets and foster their needs.

The First International Biennial on Architecture Education for Children and Youngster aims to work with the triple perspective public space-childhood-education and to get children involved in transforming their own spaces. The goal is to listen to them in order to find out what they need, what they propose and to show the adult commitment required in their right to play in the city. 


This workshop pretends to add to the children proposals the experience of teams and people that have been developing projects with other disciplines (architects, urban planners, geographers, anthropologists, sociologists, ...) and to discuss and define which are the main guidelines to improve the relationship between public space and childhood.

To start with, some questions could be: What should we change in cities to make them more child-friendly? Which mobility strategies should be applied? What should it be done regarding public spaces? And what about playgrounds? How can schoolyard transformations and school paths help to improve the city? Can design increase our sense of security and create community? Which are the successful proposals that we can use as references? What kind of management could be more appropriated to get children involved?

Each workshop will have around 35 places. Workshop choice will be made within the Biennial registration form. CV speakers and workshop proposals are available by clicking on them.

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