Design For + By Kids
Discover Traffic Gardens engages children throughout the traffic garden design process. We emphasise hands-on engagement through hosting charrettes (an engineering term for collaborative design sessions), where children learn about the underlying principles of traffic garden design, draft their own layouts, and test their ideas on a model site. They submit their design proposals to our staff ("City Hall"), as a means of understanding the civic engagement process, and then we use the children's ideas to inform the layout of a real traffic garden. Months after the charrette, children are invited to attend a ribbon-cutting for a traffic garden they personally helped design.
Kids are able to better understand and retain new information conveyed to them through interactive learning.
Because traffic gardens are tactile and three-dimensional, co-designing them is an effective means
of developing the spatial skills children need to become their community's future engineers!
Even kids who are not interested in pursing a STEAM career benefit from increased
understanding of their built world, making them smarter and safer users of the streets.
What better way to learn about the built world than to help create it?
Discover Traffic Gardens is for and about people of all ages, abilities, mobilities, and backgrounds. Everyone deserves to have a voice in the creation and design of their community, and access to information that increases the joy and utility of public spaces.
Joy and Expression
Discover Traffic Gardens invites kids to express their thoughts and ideas, and celebrate their creativity. We view the world through the lens of possibility; using recycled materials and found objects to create our design models, and encourage the use of bright colors and unique materials. Kids are better engaged when they're having fun!
Check out some of our past work below: