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

The risk of not supporting risks

Published November 28, 2017
The risk of not supporting risks - Bernard van Leer Foundation

‘Children learn to love where they are, by playing in it’, said Adrian Voce in his opening presentation at the Child in the City Conference this month in London. In… Read more

Watch, Listen, Ask, Imagine, Create

Published November 24, 2017

Under the theme of “reconquering public space”, Placemaking Latinoamérica was held from November 6th to 10th in Valparaíso, as part of the XX Chilean Architecture Biennale, an international meeting of… Read more

Early Childhood Development and the Future of Latin America

Published November 23, 2017
Ariel Fiszbein - Inter-American Dialogue

The early childhood development agenda just received a major boost in Latin America. On November 15 and 16, the First Latin American Forum on Early Childhood Development took place in… Read more

A report from the NACTO Designing Cities Conference

Published November 21, 2017
A report from the NACTO Designing Cities Conference - Bernard van Leer Foundation

Now in its sixth year, the NACTO Designing Cities Conference brought together 800 officials, planners, and practitioners to Chicago to advance the state of transportation in cities through plenaries, workshops,… Read more

Activating urban public space with the help of PLAYBOXes

Published November 17, 2017

I’m Dounia Belmazouar and I’m working on a PLAYBOX for toddlers at Cultureghem with the support of the Bernard van Leer Foundation’s Urban95 Challenge fund. Cultureghem is a non-profit organisation… Read more

Managing Urban95 in Tel Aviv-Yafo: An interview with Bosmat Sfaadia-Wolf

Published November 16, 2017
Managing Urban95 in Tel Aviv-Yafo: An interview with Bosmat Sfaadia-Wolf

Bosmat Sfaadia-Wolf manages the Urban95 programme in Tel Aviv-Yafo, and has been employed by Tel Aviv-Yafo municipality since May 2017. In this interview she explains her unusual employment situation and… Read more

Playgrounds: more than just grounds to play on?

Published November 15, 2017
Urban95_nature playground_Rotterdam

Playgrounds. I learned so much about them over the last couple of days. To be honest, it turned out that I have always taken them for granted. I knew that… Read more

Global Teamwork - An interview with Joan Lombardi

Published October 30, 2017

Read the interview with Joan Lombardi, international expert on child development and social policy, for the Global Practices issue of NAEYC's Young Children. Read more

Beschuit met muisjes! A paternity leave breakthrough in the Netherlands

Published October 26, 2017

“Beschuit met muisjes” is the typical Dutch treat to celebrate the birth of a child in the Netherlands. They are crackers topped with little candies, blue or pink, for which… Read more

Let’s hear it from the children: How engaging young children, parents and caregivers in city building means creating better cities for all

Published October 25, 2017

Think about your city. What if the needs of young children and their caregivers were prioritised (not just considered) in city decision making? How would it look different from what… Read more