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Designing Spaces for Children: Movement and Flow

“From a child’s perspective, everything is an interactive surface with the potential to be sculpted, painted, draped, or molded artistically…. Their …

Designing Spaces for Children: Sound

What sounds do you associate with childhood? Is it the sound of an ice cream truck making its way through the neighborhood or the reverberating sound …

Designing Spaces for Children: Aromascape

As a child, I spent countless hours in the backyard of my grandparents’ home where there was plenty of open space, trees of every size, and small …

Designing Spaces for Children: Light

There’s nothing quite like the warmth of natural light as it peeks through a window. The way it illuminates the surrounding area, marks the passage …

Designing Spaces for Children: Transparency

The word transparency holds multiple meanings. It refers to the transmission of light through an object, such as a window or piece of fabric, and can …

Designing Spaces for Children: Texture

“Space speaks to us. Long corridors whisper ‘run’ to a child; picket fences invite us to trail our hands along the slats. Physical objects have …

Designing Spaces for Children: Color

Color is all around us, and part of everything we perceive. It affects us deeply and often we are unaware of its impact on how we feel and behave. …

Designing Spaces for Children: Getting Started

As the end of summer approaches in the northern hemisphere, many of us with children will begin preparing for a new school year. Whether you are a …