The current health crisis we are experiencing as a consequence of SARS COVID-19 is affecting everyone. However, little is said about how children are coping with the pandemic. Their daily lives have also been affected and they share the same concerns most of us have. Children observe adults in constant anguish over the uncertainty that COVID-19 is bringing and the wave of false news that easily propagates via social media. Yet, they do not necessarily find a way to express their fears, concerns and emotions.
Now more than ever, the world is at a crossroad. We do have a choice: cities can continue to grow without the inclusion of social needs and environmental consequences, or we can embrace a sustainable and equitable process that builds community, enhances the quality of life, and creates safe and prosperous neighbourhoods.
Metamorphosis is on transforming neighbourhoods with a focus on children. The METAMORPHOSIS cities, Zürich, Munich, Graz, Meran, Alba Julia, Southampton and Tilburg tested child friendly approaches pointing to a way out of the dead-end street of urban motorisation. Step by step, ‘living streets’ make play on the street possible again, parklets (converted parking lots) turn machine compounds into friendly communication spaces, and school environments can be freed from car traffic and returned to children.
The 2018 developed “neighbourhood treasure game” in the two pilot neighbourhoods in Zurich is a success! synergo was asked by the housing cooperative “Familienheim-Genossenschaft Zürich (FGZ)” located in the Friesenberg district, to develop a similar game. A workshop with children to identify their favourite places in the neighbourhood was held at the end of February 2020.
In Vienna, Transport City Councillor Birgit Hebein has announced imminent road openings for walking and cycling.
This is intended on the one hand to ensure the required physical (not social!) distance for necessary walking and cycling (which is not possible with many of the current sidewalk and cycle path widths), and on the other hand to create recreational areas in the immediate residential environment away from (partially still closed) parks.
Dal place-making - ovvero dalla progettazione condivisa dello spazio pubblico - nascono luoghi realmente vissuti. Metamorphosis Meran/o presenta alcuni esempi di interventi nello spazio pubblico in diversi quartieri della città ispirati alle idee dei giovani residenti e con loro realizzati.
Experiences of the City of Bolzano regarding the initiatives that have been introduced to make the way to school safer for primary school children will be presented in the webinar:
the Crossing guards who help children at pedestrian crossings to cross safely, the Pedibus initiative and the temporary closure of some streets near schools, the so-called "school streets".