University course for Latin American urban planners

Education for urban planners in Latin America does not encourage them to contemplate the needs of children under five and their parents. The continent has urbanised rapidly, with four in five Latin Americans now living in cities and millions of children being raised in urban slums.

This project will create a research and design cluster at Mackenzie Presbyterian University in São Paulo, combining research and practice to create a course on child-friendly city design that can be delivered to groups ranging from experienced professionals to graduate students.

Update on the project

The cluster has held several meetings and in October organised a four-day workshop for graduate and postgraduate students of architecture, urbanism and social sciences entitled “City, gender and early childhood”, which included two field visits to vulnerable urban communities.

These activities are helping to develop the proposed course by improving understanding of the realities of people living in vulnerable communities, mapping potential collaborations with other organisations and establishing influence while the academic formalities are pursued with the University administration.