Metamorphosis: child-friendly neighbourhoods

Metamorphosis: child-friendly neighbourhoods

07/20/2022 - 10:09

"How can we transform neighbourhoods in a child-friendly way to increase the quality of life for all citizens?" 
Built Environment
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Metamorphosis starts from the premise that when a neighbourhood has many children on its public spaces, this is a major indicator that it is well designed as a sustainable neighbourhood. The word sustainability itself is already inseparably combined with children as it implicates “designed for the next generations”.

Metamorphosis focuses on children – but not only that, children will also play a crucial role in most Work Packages of the project. They will act as ambassadors, driving forces, encouragers of actions, translators, evaluators, investigators and in many more roles. As such, children represent an enormous added value to achieve unconventional and innovative findings, methods and implementations.

Aim project
The project has started in June 2017 and will last for three years. Twelve partners from seven European countries work together on this project to achieve the following goal:

“Transformation of neighbourhoods in a child-friendly way to increase the quality of life for all citizens.”

Role BUas
BUas is Work Package leader of ‘Capacity building’. This includes sharing the lessons learned from Metamorphosis with cities and countries who are not directly involved in the project. Another important part of this Work Package is developing didactic materials in order to implement the gained knowledge from the project in curricula of educational institutes.

The first figure shows the partners of the project. Metamorphosis is coordinated by FGM-AMOR. Every city in the project has got their own steward. The role for BUas as steward for Tilburg is to supervise and support the Municipality of Tilburg. 

Catalogue of potential measures 
As part of the project a catalogue of potential measures to (re)design a child-friendly neighbourhood has been developed. This catalogue consists of more than seventy potential measures, including information about the measures such as guideliness or effects. Examples of the measures which you can find in the catalogue are: Involving children in land-use planning, street closures, playing streets and the walking bus. You can find the catalogue here.