In anticipation of Cities Fit For Children I asked the kids to think about what they would want in their city. What would an amazing place to grow up look like?
I overheard some debate about whether teens should be considered too. The eleven year-olds especially were concerned that in a couple of years they wouldn’t benefit from the child-specific improvements and they emphasized that teens needed places to hang out as well.
It was not a project in total seriousness. I read them the book If I Built A House by Chris Van Dusen and he comes up with all sorts of quirky rooms for a house. I told the kids they could do this on a larger scale, coming up with imaginative buildings to include in a city.
This could have been a week-long project that we squeezed into an hour. Some of their ideas were:
- No smoking
- A candy store in every corner
- Floating bubble cars
- Trampoline sidewalks
- The biggest buildings
- Houses that have slides
- Jetpack store
- Libraries and bookstores
- Leaning tower of pizzas
- The land could be made of steak and the water taste like gravy
- Amusement parks
- Thumb print doors
- Anti-gravity room
- Money vending machines
- Statues of kids
- Gaming Malls
Once they had their list they started to make models to show what it would look like. They focused on what was most important to them including a nature preserve, a water-slide, and a glitter pool.