Thursday, September 2, 2010

Why include youth in sustainable design?

If youth designed a city, what would it look like?  More importantly, what would it be like to live there?  Would they create places very different from our cities today? Our work with Vancouver youth reveals that a youth designed city would be green, full of light and life.  Skateboarding, cycling and blading would be the wheels that rule the roads.  Places for dancing, art, music, gathering, sports, napping would dot the urban landscape.  School would take place outdoors.  Youth have fresh eyes, new perspectives that are unencumbered by thoughts of mortgages and economics and politics (King, 1995).  Paul Goodman said "No city is governable unless it grows citizens who feel it to be theirs".