‘Vertical Living Kids’ project addresses child-blind planning as higher density centres are built essentially for the child-free

Melbourne, like many cities around the world, is in the midst of reshaping its central city landscape. However, there are concerns, particularly in Australia, that “contemporary strategic planning has almost become child-blind, with the new higher density centres being built essentially for the childless in mind” (Randolph, 2006, p. 5). The ‘Vertical Living Kids’ research project interviewed children aged 8–12 to elicit their views on local environments. Public housing children had high levels of independent mobility, but low levels of satisfaction with local play spaces.

Health, place and nature – how outdoor environments influence health and well-being: a knowledge base

This document demonstrates that, for people to be healthy, the environment around us must be health-enhancing and provide opportunities for living a healthy life.

It acknowledges that the evidence base is incomplete, but concludes that research findings to date about the health impact of the outdoor environment are sufficient to warrant action. To improve health and reduce health inequalities it is vital to ensure that the natural environment is protected and enhanced, and that communities are built and maintained with activity and sustainability in mind.

Seen and heard: Reclaiming the public realm with children and young people

A survey commissioned by Play England for Playday, an initiative designed to celebrate the right of children to play outside, highlights that children want and need to play in their local streets.

The research undertaken for this report across six different neighbourhoods suggests that the government’s ambitions to improve the wellbeing of children, and its aim to create sustainable communities, will fall short unless the needs of children and young people in their everyday environment are taken seriously by all those designing, delivering and managing the public realm.