Reclaiming front garden zones for young children in Antwerp and Mechelen

Garden zones in front of houses can be places for young children to play and meet, combining the proximity, protection and intimacy of the private home with access to the public life of the street, neighbourhood and city. However, these zones have often been neglected by designers, becoming sterile and unused.

This project will look at how these zones can be reclaimed by and for young children. It will involve young children, communities and professionals in experiments in two different social contexts in Antwerp and Mechelen, to develop guidelines with and for planners, designers and policy makers.