Blog

Read the selected insights, thoughts and experiences of our staff and partners.

5 key takeaways from the Urban95 Festival

Published March 13, 2020

On December 2, 2019, over seventy city leaders, planners, designers and thinkers from around the world committed to making cities better for babies, toddlers and caregivers, gathered in Rotterdam for… Read more

Walking with Amadou: Creative Advocacy to Improve Dakar's Urban Environment for Children Ages 0–3

Published February 20, 2020

Inspired by the Bernard Van Leer Foundation's Urban95 project, ImagiNation Afrika wondered what it would be like to see Dakar from the point of view of a 3-year-old. Armed with… Read more

Empathy tools for urban leaders and designers

Published December 2, 2019
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For Urban95, everything starts with empathy and data. One of the first challenges is that urban planners and designers don’t necessarily see or think about the particular needs of young… Read more

Helping families in Lima to reclaim public spaces

Published May 22, 2019

After a recent workshop, the Bernard van Leer Foundation’s Urban95 programme is making progress in sparking the transformation of public spaces across Lima, helping to reclaim them for young children… Read more

Introducing and sustaining learning landscapes in urban environments

Published May 21, 2019

Early childhood is a critical stage for healthy brain development. While good public policy and public health have important roles to play in improving outcomes, architect Itai Palti, director of… Read more

How an international expert can inject inspiration: Patricia Kuhl visits Israel

Published May 6, 2019

It’s one thing to read about new developments in brain science and what they mean for how we should support parents. It’s something else entirely to hear insights in person… Read more

A good city for all

Published April 12, 2019

Spatial mismatch, gender inequality, and sexual harassment are the main barriers to women’s mobility in Brazilian cities. And when women's access to the city is limited, it impacts directly on… Read more

Looking at DTLA through children’s and caregivers’ eyes: an Urban95 opportunity

Published February 15, 2019
Looking at DTLA through children’s and caregivers’ eyes: an Urban95 opportunity - blog - Tracy McMillan

On its surface, our meeting location of DTLA seemed like an odd choice: a Southern California neighbourhood known more for its office buildings and car culture than its livability. Our… Read more

Covering the Syrian Refugee Crisis – highlights from the Dart journalism training workshop in Amman

Published February 14, 2019

UNHCR tells us that more than 5.6 million people have fled Syria since the onset of the civil war in 2011, seeking safety in neighbouring countries and beyond. An estimated… Read more

Reflections on the Urban95 Expert Assembly

Published February 4, 2019

Last autumn the Bernard van Leer Foundation gathered a group of experts in the fields of early childhood development, mobility, transportation safety, public space, urban form, recreation, and air quality… Read more