Architecture with childhood. Rethinking and reflecting on public spaces seen through the 8-80 lens




RWYC (Reconnecting whith your culture), architecture and childhood, pedagogical method, collective public space, universal accessibility


Bringing children closer to the issues of culture and civic education in architecture and critical thinking is essential because only by knowing and enhancing their respective heritages is it possible to appreciate the present and build the future of cities with them and for them, where a city is a place of construction of collective knowledge that encompasses the challenges of sustainability and the objectives of the 2030 Agenda of the United Nations. From SUJ (Jesuit University System) we have a strong commitment to the protection and care of minors and vulnerable people. In recent years, a great effort has been made to move from a culture of protection and care to ensure access to culture to safe environments. The concept of Friendly Cities 8-80
is taken up again, based on the premise: If we design the city for an 8-year-old and an 80-year-old, we will have a city that allows coexistence and harmony in a way that fosters equity, stimulates healthy lifestyles, and promotes sustainability for more diverse users. Good public space design including beauty, sustainability, and accessibility are keywords of the new Bauhaus, capable of astonishing, reflecting culture and the values of a community, influencing, or “forcing” people to engage with their daily environment to address the new global challenges of climate change, pollution, and resource scarcity.


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Author Biography

Fabiola Colmenero Fonseca, ITESO, Universidad Jesuita de Guadalajara

Departamento del Hábitat y Desarrollo Urbano


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How to Cite

Colmenero Fonseca, F. (2021) “Architecture with childhood. Rethinking and reflecting on public spaces seen through the 8-80 lens”, VITRUVIO - International Journal of Architectural Technology and Sustainability, 6(2), pp. 26–41. doi: 10.4995/vitruvio-ijats.2021.16581.