Read the selected insights, thoughts and experiences of our staff and partners.

How to bridge the gap between pilot and policy? - highlights from the Istanbul95 ‘Urban Playspaces Conference’

Published October 31, 2018
How to bridge the gap between pilot and policy? - highlights from the Istanbul95 ‘Urban Playspaces Conference’

On 21-22 September 2018, artists, politicians, architects, and academics got together to discuss how to make space for children to play in the city during the Istanbul95 Urban Playspaces Conference. Read more

What Johannesburg could look like for parents and children

Published October 26, 2018

We live in Orange Grove in Johannesburg, where the sound of charismatic Ethiopian churches on Louis Botha Avenue mixes with the incessant hooting of mini-bus taxis and the acoustic guitar… Read more

The role of journalists in highlighting early childhood solutions

Published July 30, 2018

In late June, when the press was talking about toxic stress and the long-lasting negative impacts of separating children from their parents with regard to US border policy, a diverse… Read more

Mobility for Young Children – Urban95 at MOBILIZE Dar-es-Salaam

Published July 18, 2018

“We have to plan our cities for all, including the disabled, the old, children, but also babies and those who care for them” – this is how Heather Thompson, Interim… Read more

Towards nurturing care so all children thrive: Introducing Early Childhood Matters 2018

Published June 28, 2018

With the publication of Early Childhood Matters this week, we celebrate the importance of nurturing care and call upon world leaders everywhere to assure that all young children survive and… Read more

Urban95 in Tel Aviv: a perspective from Latin America

Published June 19, 2018

Urban95 fits well in Tel Aviv. As stated in his welcoming speech by Mr. Menachem Lieba, Director General of the municipal government, Urban95 is not a programme or a project,… Read more

Urban95 in Tel Aviv: a desire for continual improvement

Published June 8, 2018

On a recent study tour to Tel Aviv, we struck up a conversation with a father who was with his three-year-old daughter. Without telling him who we were or why… Read more

A call for new thinking on play safety around the world

Published May 28, 2018

Playgrounds have for decades been shaped by a zero risk mindset, with, any injury seen as a sign of failure. But things are changing, in what the New York Times… Read more

Our campaign to make Turin a healthy and playable city

Published May 8, 2018

On 23 May, the cheARIArespiro project – a winner of the Bernard van Leer Foundation’s Urban95 Challenge – will present findings and recommendations from our recent project in the Vanchiglia… Read more

Latin American city leaders discuss Urban95 for Harvard course

Published March 16, 2018
Latin American city leaders discuss Urban95 for Harvard course

The Executive Leadership Course in Early Childhood Development will run for its seventh edition at Harvard University this year. Ten representatives from the Latin American cities where the Bernard van… Read more