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Children living with ‘sustainable’ urban architectures

Horton, J., Hadfield-Hill, S. and Kraftl, P. (2015) Children living with ‘sustainable’ urban architectures. Environment and Planning A. 47(4) 1472-3409.

Item Type: Article
Abstract: This paper considers the everyday geographies of children living in new large-scale urban developments in which multiple forms of ‘sustainable’ urban architecture are characteristic features. We argue that children’s experiences of living with materialities, politics and technologies of sustainability have too-often been marginalised in much chief research on childhood, youth and sustainability. Drawing on qualitative research with 8-16-year-olds living with materialities of ‘sustainable’ eco-housing, urban drainage, wind turbines and photovoltaic panelling, we explore how sustainable urban architectures are noticed, (mis)understood, cared about, and lived-with by children in the course of their everyday geographies. In so doing, we highlight the challenging prevalence and significance of architectural conservatisms, misconceptions, rumours disillusionments and urban myths relating to sustainable urban architectures.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Sustainable, architecture, children, urban, young people
Creators: Horton, John, Hadfield-Hill, Sophie and Kraftl, Peter
Faculties, Divisions and Institutes: Faculties > Faculty of Education & Humanities > Education, Children and Young People
Research Centres > Centre for Psychology and Social Sciences
Date: 1 April 2015
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: Environment and Planning A
Volume: 47
Number: 4
Language: English
ISSN: 1472-3409
Status: Published / Disseminated
Refereed: Yes

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