Understanding children’s perceptions and activities in urban public spaces: The case study of Zrêbar Lake Waterfront in Kurdistan

Mansournia, Soran and Bahrami, Bakhtiar and Farahani, Leila Mahmoudi and Aram, Farshid (2020). Understanding children’s perceptions and activities in urban public spaces: The case study of Zrêbar Lake Waterfront in Kurdistan. "Urban Studies" ; pp.. ISSN 0042-0980. https://doi.org/10.1177/0042098020903008.

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Title: Understanding children’s perceptions and activities in urban public spaces: The case study of Zrêbar Lake Waterfront in Kurdistan
Author/s:
  • Mansournia, Soran
  • Bahrami, Bakhtiar
  • Farahani, Leila Mahmoudi
  • Aram, Farshid
Item Type: Article
Título de Revista/Publicación: Urban Studies
Date: February 2020
ISSN: 0042-0980
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Faculty: E.T.S. Arquitectura (UPM)
Department: Urbanística y Ordenación del Territorio
Creative Commons Licenses: None

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Abstract

As public spaces are often designed based on adults’ behavioural patterns and perceptions, children’s perceptions and physical needs based on their body size have received less attention in both the design of urban spaces and urban studies. Focusing on the interpretive reproduction theory, this study aims to investigate children’s perceptions of urban spaces. Using behaviour and mental mapping, this paper examines children’s activities in public spaces as well as their mental images of such spaces. Behaviour mapping was conducted over 37 days on the Zrêbar Lake Waterfront in Kurdistan. Sketches drawn by 36 children were then analysed to identify children’s perceptions of the Waterfront. Unlike conventional methods in which children’s demands are determined through caregivers, this study focuses on engagement with children. Results indicate that two main factors of actualised environmental affordances (AEA) and safety-conscious parenting practices (SPP) have a significant influence on children’s freedom of movement (CFM) and consequently children’s activities in public spaces.

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Item ID: 62468
DC Identifier: http://oa.upm.es/62468/
OAI Identifier: oai:oa.upm.es:62468
DOI: 10.1177/0042098020903008
Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1177/0042098020903008
Deposited by: Farshid Aram
Deposited on: 10 Apr 2020 16:45
Last Modified: 10 Apr 2020 16:45
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