Incorporating a focus on early childhood development into the planning and management of cities.
If you could see a city from an elevation of 95 cm – the average height of a healthy 3-year-old – what would you do differently?
Urban95 is the Bernard van Leer Foundation’s strategy to work with urban planners, architects, engineers and city managers to incorporate a focus on early childhood development into the planning and management of cities.
Our goal is to support healthier, safer and more exciting urban neighbourhoods for young children, for those who care for them, and for everyone.
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In 1950, only 30% of people lived in cities. Today, it is over half. By 2050, it will be 70%. Planning, designing and managing cities has become one of humanity’s defining challenges. Cities can be wonderful places to grow up, rich with opportunities for learning. But they can also pose challenges for families: lack of open, green, safe spaces for children to play and caregivers to meet; long and unpredictable commutes; unsafe housing, pollution and poor sanitation; and, for parents who recently migrated to the city, lack of support networks of extended family and neighbours.
What we work on: Urban95 focus areas
Urban95 cities are working to pilot and scale cost-effective innovations in:
What we do: Urban95 partnerships
At the heart of Urban95 are multi-year partnerships with pioneering cities around the world.
We support these cities with technical and financial assistance to pilot and scale innovations in the Urban95 focus areas of public space, mobility, data management and parent coaching.
We also seek out opportunities to introduce young children into the global conversation about the future of cities.
- Partnerships with universities and other institutions that train urban planners, designers and managers
- Convenings that bring together experts in urban issues and in early childhood development
- Advocacy to make the case for cities that meet the needs of young children and their families
The Urban95 Challenge
The Urban95 Challenge invited creative ideas and projects which promote the well-being of young children in cities from the prenatal period up to the age of 5. We received 151 ideas from 41 countries, with an average budget of EUR 15,000. 26 projects were chosen to received funding.
On this page you can read more about the challenge and the winning projects.