Cities on the Frontline Speaker Series Session #01
PLAYFUL CITIES: Why cities need play and placemaking to foster
children's wellbeing and city resilience
January 2021 - 08.00 AM EST / 1:00 pm GMT / 09.00 PM
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 Challenge. Anuela 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.