BvLF in the media: “Planning for Infants and Toddlers” course at Israel’s Ben-Gurion University

Published September 1, 2016

How easy is it to reach the local preschool without needing a car? Does a neighbourhood have a secure public place where toddlers can run around in the shade while their parents sit, have a coffee and interact with peers?

These are the kind of questions students at Israel’s Ben-Gurion University are studying on the “Planning for Infants and Toddlers” course. A feature article by Israel’s business newspaper GLOBES describes how the students took to the local pavements with strollers, investigating for themselves how easy it is to cross roads, get into grocery shops, and so on.

With the Bernard van Leer Foundation’s support, in collaboration with the Urban Clinic of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the course was run as part of Ben-Gurion University‘s Master’s program in urban and regional planning. Dr. Yoav Lerman will next year run the course also at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Tel Aviv University.

The course is part of the Foundation’s Urban95 programme. It aims to make Israel’s next generation of urban planners aware of the needs of children, and able to plan cities that work better for their youngest residents.