Eva van Bolderen (China)
Eva van Bolderen comes from IUG (Innovative Urban Green) a landscape design company based in Shanghai. They do partly projects and research (in collaboration with Tongji University Shanghai) on children’s playgrounds, educational roof gardens and child friendly communities in China. A small selection of the projects in China they would like to share at the conference.
Rice garden is a project in the agricultural area in Shanghai. A landscape architect and architect from Shanghai initiated this place. They wanted their son not only to grow up in Shanghai’s urban jungle, but also be in touch with nature and give other children the same opportunity. This project is on one hand a holiday residence for families to spend time in the countryside. On the other hand a place for children to experience more about rural life and local flora and fauna. Schools can visit to learn more about growing crops and of course playing in nature. Every year there is the Rice garden event, where a labyrinth is created in the rice field, where children can hide, stay, play between the rice crops.
The second project is a research on child friendly communities. Nowadays, increasing numbers of children are growing up in cities, as is the case in China. But in design processes the children are often forgotten. In the densely populated cities this affects the development of children. Playgrounds are scarce, are often not very inviting to play and without greenery. Therefore, we are currently developing guidelines for child friendly design of neighborhoods. This research looks at international trends to learn from foreign best practices; Case studies to finally provide guidelines that for example take into account infrastructure, green, play opportunities and safety for future design of communities.