From the eyes of the children: How an urban regeneration project could be?

Ebru Kamacı-Karahan
2021 Proceedings of the 57th ISOCARP World Planning Congress   unpublished
In terms of their interactions with the social and physical environments, children are a unique community. While the majority of place-making processes fail to consider children and their needs, they are the most outspoken critics of the places in which they live. Recalling empowerment and inclusion, this study aims to examine children's perspectives (expectations, suggestions, problems, needs and perceptions, etc.) on the place-making processes, namely an urban regeneration project, by
more » ... ng them as users. As the stories and voices of participants are main concerns of the participatory approaches, walking interviews method have been conducted in this study. In Namık Kemal neighborhood (Bursa/Turkey), I have interviewed seven children ranging in age from seven to fourteen. Walking interviews were performed separately with children who lived in the gated-community developed by an urban transformation project and those who lived in the project's immediate zone. I aim to hear the authentic voices of the children (who directly and indirectly interact with the project)-about the project-generated social and physical environments; and restructure them from a broader socio-spatial perspective. Initially, the research highlights that if we -urban planners-want to make cities more humancentric, we must be unprejudiced and reconsider the role of the children.
doi:10.47472/k7vhmdd4 fatcat:fdvim6wfuvb7hfmy7kttnszfv4