Category Archives: Public space

On public space

Check out the Stratford Mall skate scene

Coming through Stratford City shopping centre around 9 pm last night, I saw a small group of skaters – boards, roller and in-line – exploiting the smooth floors for their tricks and weaves.

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Walthamstow’s beachfront

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Exploring some of London’s most playful spaces and places

Four girls in Spa FieldsWe only had ten or twelve people take part over the two days, but I’m still buzzing after last weekend’s Open House play space tours. Why?

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What prospects for this playful addition to my neighbourhood?

Wood Street fountains 1Back in Walthamstow after some time away, we discover that today the Council has opened a refurbished square in our local shopping street. As you can see from the photo, it includes a row of fountains.

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The outdoor child should be an ‘indicator species’ for London

pond dippingMy new draft report  Sowing the Seeds: Reconnecting children with nature calls for the outdoor child to be seen as an ‘indicator species’. The report, written for the London Sustainable Development Commission (the body that advises the Mayor of London on sustainability) argues that, just as with salmon or house sparrows, the presence of children out of doors should be seen as a measure of the quality of neighbourhoods, London Boroughs and the capital as a whole.

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Give your views on planning for outdoor play in London

Cover of GLA Supplementary Planning Guidance on playThe Mayor of London’s planning team is revising its guidance on play. The team is inviting initial views on the existing document, especially from those who are familiar with it, before it is redrafted and consulted on more widely.

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