Arup and the Bernard van Leer Foundation today announce a new partnership which will combine their design and planning expertise and knowledge of early childhood development to help improve the lives of children in cities and vulnerable urban environments, such as informal settlements and refugee camps globally.
The two organisations are collaborating to produce a guide to better enable designers, planners, city authorities and development agencies to design and implement child-friendly initiatives in vulnerable urban environments, which will also deliver benefits to wider communities. The guide will target the challenges and aspirations of young children (0-5 years old), their caregivers and pregnant women. It will inform a set of tangible and measurable standards that city governments can adopt to create urban settings that work better for families and children. The guide is due to be published in June 2020.