Inspiration and Ideas

Links

This page has links to organisations, projects, campaigns, blogs and articles about childhood, play, cities, streets, shared public space and other topics related to street play. 

Organisations:

UK:

Play England Projects and campaigns around street play and play more broadly.

Play Wales and street play Encouragement for street play in Wales

London Play and street play Developing Play Streets in the capital

Hackney Play Association Supporting street play across the borough through the Hackney Play Streets project

Sustrans DIY Streets and Free Range Kids campaign National sustainable transport charity and projects related to streets and play

Streets Alive  National group promoting street parties and building neighbourliness and community spirit

Living Streets National charity working to make the streets where we live and work safe, attractive, enjoyable spaces

International:

Victoria Walks Walking, neighbourhoods and street reclaiming in Australia.  Some good short films to watch in their resources section.

Open Streets Cape Town Campaigns, temporary interventions, dialogue and actions that spark debate and awareness about the role of streets in the life of Cape Town, South Africa.

Projects, Campaigns and Movements:

UK:

Playday (UK) National day for play across the UK every August: campaigns, projects, media

Save Childhood Movement (UK) Collaborative network bringing together individuals and organisations concerned about the erosion of childhood and the pressures on children.

20’s Plenty for Us (UK) Grassroots campaign for slower speeds in residential streets

Project Wild Thing (UK) TV and cinema film and related campaign and network that aim to reconnect children with nature

Outdoor People (UK) London based social enterprise helping children and families to get outdoors more

Love Outdoor Play Campaign (UK) Website for UK campaign to help children play outside more

International:

New York Play Streets Project and here (USA)

78th Play Street (USA) The Story of Jackson Heights and a permanent play street

Playborhood (USA) Mike Lanza’s one-man campaign to bring back neighbourhood play

Blogs and Articles:

UK:

Rethinking Childhood Tim Gill is one of the UK’s leading thinkers on childhood (and one of our expert friends)

Roadwitch Creative street reclamation and re-purposing in the UK

International:

Free Range Kids Blog (USA) Lenore Skenazy’s great and sometimes polemic blog about the fear-culture impacting children’s lives.

Streetsblog (USA) On-line community and blog for people wanting to make streets safer and more sustainable in various US cities.

You can find links to academic and other research papers and publications on our research and articles page. Please do let us know if you know about other useful and inspiring organisations, projects and blogs for us to link to.