Latin American cities are constantly growing due to urbanisation processes, generating the construction of informal human settlements. In this vulnerable urban context, many children are born and raised without having access to safe, inclusive and stimulating public spaces.
The MOOC “Urban Landscapes of Care” invites students from the planning and designing disciplines to participate in this important discussion and to experience the city through children’s eyes. Participants will be invited to explore, analyse and propose initiatives and strategies within their own urban context that focus on early childhood development and the question of how the city can become an “urban landscape of care”. Through theoretical input lectures, reference projects and practical exercises students will get insights on important statistics, challenges and potentials as well as on spatial research and design methods regarding early childhood development. The MOOC will be developed by the Peruvian urban laboratory IntuyLab in cooperation with the Bernard van Leer Foundation and the design school of the Peruvian University of Applied Science. Based on the empirical experience of the Urban95 program of the Bernard van Leer Foundation, the MOOC will generate a knowledge transfer between academy and society, striving for an integrated improvement of the city by generating safe and stimulating environments for young children and their caregivers.
Although the MOOC will take reference to the Peruvian urban reality, parallels can be drawn to other urban contexts. For further information on the project “Urban Landscapes of Care” and the MOOC team please click on the following links:
SDG #11 Target and Indicator
The MOOC “Urban Landscapes of Care” strives to promote the development of safe, inclusive and socially sustainable cities, by improving the quality and access to safe and stimulating public spaces for young children and their caregivers. To do this, the course will link academic research and design with empirical experiences of different initiatives in Lima’s urban context in order to better understand the urban reality as an educational setting for future urban designers. Participants will be invited to critically discuss the topic and to include actively the needs of children in their early years and their caregivers into their future design projects.