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Growing Up in an Urbanizing World
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Growing Up in an Urbanising World

UNESCO Publishing / Earthscan 2002
Edited by Louise Chawla
29,73 Euros

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We live in an urbanising world, in which more and more children and young people live in cities. In industrialized countries, a half to three-quarters of all children live in urban areas; in the developing world, the majority of children and youth will be urban in the next few decades. Yet across a wide range of indicators, cities are failing to meet the needs of young people and their families.

  • What does the process of urbanization mean in the lives of young people?
  • From young people’s own perspectives, what makes a city a good place to grow up?
  • What factors help children and youth feel connected to their urban communities? Or alienated and disconnected?
  • How can community development processes encourage children and youth to invest energy and hope in their urban futures?

Growing Up in an Urbanising World summarizes the results of an eight-nation UNESCO project that explores these questions and others across a spectrum of low-income neighborhoods in the industrialized and developing worlds.

Building on the pioneering ideas of the Growing Up in Cities project of the 1970s (a four-country effort directed by the influential urban planner Kevin Lynch),

Growing Up in an Urbanising World gives new emphasis to the active participation of children and youth in the planning, design, and implementation of urban improvements. It shows how principles of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, Agenda 21 of the Earth Summit, and the Habitat Agenda can be implemented at the local level in order to engage young people's insights, energy, and creativity in shaping their cities and towns. It documents typical obstacles to participatory processes, and recommends policies and practices that will make cities more responsive to the needs of children, adolescents, and their families.

Growing Up in an Urbanising World is written by an interdisciplinary team of child-environment experts from the fields of urban planning, architecture, geography, anthropology, psychology, and environmental education. They bring their chapters to life with case study accounts, site maps, photographs, and children's and adolescents' own words and drawings.

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For additional information, please contact:

Growing Up in Cities project
Fax: +33 1 45 68 57 24
E-mail: ssmost@unesco.org

Thank you for your interest!


Award: GUIC has won the 2002 EDRA/Places Research Award - out of 115 candidates. EDRA is the Environmental Design Research Association and Places is an international environmental design journal, both based in the USA. The awards were presented at EDRA's annual meeting in Philadelphia, in May, and the winners'projects were published in Places.


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