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The City at Eye Level

Public space quality is the backbone of a sustainable city. Great streets, places where you intuitively want to stay longer, human scale interaction between buildings and streets, ownership by users, placemaking and good plinths (active ground floors) and a people-centred approach based on the user’s experience – that is what The City at Eye Level is all about.

The book

We help cities develop these places, in collaborative networks throughout the world. In partnership with co-authors in our network, we have collected articles and cases about the street at eye level, with topics such as the history of the plinth, street-level experience as a cyclist, the rise of cities hit hard by the recession, the strength of markets and many international examples of successful and progressive projects. But in both editions of The City at Eye Level, there are only articles written about the experience of adults in the street and in a place, seen from an adult perspective.

Child scale

Because in the city at eye level the human scale is central, it was a logical choice to approach the city at eye level from a varied perspective. Our colleagues Vivian Doumpa and Rosa Danenberg from Thessaloniki and Stockholm have redeveloped the City at Eye Level method with a view to creating good streets and places at street level, from the perspective of children and their parents. After winning the Urban95 Challenge, initiated by the Bernard van Leer Foundation, the project was able to get started in 2017.

Findings

To develop a beta method, the project has undergone several phases. The City at Eye Level network is further complemented by city makers, placemakers and creators and experts, with a passion for good public space for children. Together with the beta method, articles and cases, the book ‘The City at Eye Level for Kids’ has been developed. Thessaloniki and Stockholm are then used as a test field for the developed method with a view to developing a draft policy document.

Project

The project is still in full swing. We would like to invite all members of the City at Eye Level international network to join forces and contribute to the development and success of the project. This can be in the form of providing research, practical examples or contacts that can be approached. Follow us facebook page to stay informed.

The pilot phase of The City at Eye Level for Kids is developed with the support of the Urban95 Challenge program by the Bernard van Leer Foundation.

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