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PLAYFUL CITIES: Why cities need play and placemaking to foster children's wellbeing and city resilience Thursday, 21 January 2021 - 08.00 AM EST


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2021 Cities on the Frontline Speaker Series
Session #01

PLAYFUL CITIES: Why cities need play and placemaking to foster children's wellbeing and city resilience

Thursday, 21 January 2021 - 08.00 AM EST / 1:00 pm GMT / 09.00 PM SIN/KUL 

Play and leisure are central to ensuring that children grow up happy and healthy. More time playing outside links to higher levels of happiness, however, our cities often lack opportunities or a city-wide approach to play. Covid-19 associated stresses faced by children and their families are a reminder to reclaim and integrate places to play in everyday life beyond the playground.

The first session of 2021 Cities on the Frontline Speaker Series, jointly organized by Resilient Cities Network and the World Bank, will focus on 
“PLAYFUL CITIES - Why cities need play and placemaking to foster children’s wellbeing and city resilience”. This special session is organized in partnership with the Real Play Coalition

The session will showcase the City of Tirana, winner of the Real Play ChallengeAnuela Ristani, Deputy Mayor for Foreign Affairs, will explain how playful placemaking interventions are enabling the city to build back better from the impacts of COVID-19. 

We will also be joined by Louise Thivant Johannsen, Child Friendly Cities Initiative Advisor, UNICEF and representative of the Real Play Coalition, and Hans Karssenberg from PlacemakingX.






Cities on the Frontline is a virtual thought leadership speaker series. The series, which began in 2020 co-organized by the Resilient Cities Network and the World Bank Group’s City Resilience Program, provides city practitioners and the industries and residents that they support, an understanding and means for responding to the pandemic and associated stresses, as well as solutions for planning towards a more resilient recovery.


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