Brazilian platform shares inspirations for early years action in Latin America

Published July 23, 2021

After a call for proposals earlier this year, the Brazilian Institute of Architects (IAB) has selected more than 60 inspiring ideas focused on babies, children and their caregivers from all over Latin America. These ideas – which have all been successfully implemented – are presented on a new online platform, Arbo, organised in six categories:

  1. projects and works;
  2. public policies;
  3. technical studies or academic research;
  4. street furniture;
  5. visual communication and design;
  6. educational and cultural interventions.

The platform is intended to serve as inspiration for public managers, architects, urban planners and researchers, sharing innovations and good practices and making connections between different actors.

Guidelines for the development of child-friendly neighbourhoods

The Brazilian Institute of Architects (IAB) has also created four guides (in Portuguese only) for building child-friendly neighbourhoods. They were inspired by a similar series of guides developed in India, and adapted to the Brazilian context.

These Guias para o desenvolvimento de bairros amigáveis à primeira infância (Guidelines for the development of child-friendly neighbourhoods) is a series consisting of the following four publications:

  1. Estruturação de políticas públicas (Structuring public policies) guides public policy-makers on how neighbourhood plans should consider the needs of infants, toddlers and caregivers for public places that are safe, green, accessible, playful and inclusive.
  2. Manual de políticas públicas (Public policy manual) presents an overview of public policies to provide technical and legal support for urban interventions aimed at developing child-friendly neighbourhoods.
  3. Diretrizes para desenho urbano (Guidelines for urban design) shares examples of good practices to achieve the objectives set out in the previous publication.
  4. Indicadores para monitoramento (Indicators for monitoring) introduces methods and indicators for assessing the results of interventions to create child-friendly neighbourhoods.