Goal: To consult a diversity of 5- to 12-year-old Montrealers on their vision of the city for consideration in the 2050 Urban Design and Mobility Plan.
Challenge: To help the adult facilitators establish trust and open dialogue with children, allowing for authentic and ethical participation and data.
Solution: Apply playwork principles to child engagement to encourage child-led discussions. Analyze data and write a report that connects the City of Montréal’s perspective and priorities with those of the children who live there.
Report (in French): https://bit.ly/41EhyoW
Photos by Valérie Paquette
Goal: To analyze and report on the engagement data and develop relevant policy recommendations.
Challenge: To create an analytical framework that sees the bridges between the language and priorities of an international organization of metropolises and 1,200 children’s drawings from around the world.
Solution: Create a database of drawings with search keywords and categories that reflect both the organization’s and the children’s perspectives. Write a report that explicitly connects these perspectives with actionable policy recommendations.
Images by Zeng Hanming (left) and Emily Mikaela Obando Nieto (right)
Goal: To invite families to consider how they and their children engage with the city and winter more broadly.
Challenge: To create a child-led, open-ended activity that supports engagement through play and a reflection on the winter city and children’s place in it.
Solution: Select a location and play materials that offer rich play affordances and anchor the experience in the urban context. For example, an unused snow-covered parking lot with car tires and a clear view of the city skyline. Observe children’s play and engage them in dialogue about their process and environment.
Media Article (in French): https://bit.ly/3oxNRHu
Photos by Sophie Bertrand
Goal: To help teenagers improve the schoolyard for preschool students.
Challenge: To help youth identify and value different types of play so that they can create solutions to the preschool children’s needs.
Solution: Consult the teenagers on their own play experiences, familiarizing them with the engagement process and their own biases. Support them in consulting the younger children and prototyping solutions. With the teenagers, observe preschool children playing with the prototypes and discuss necessary improvements for the final project.
Photos by Allan Mas (Pexels stock photos)