This summer, TCAT brought participatory urban planning to local youth from Flemingdon Park and Thorncliffe Park in the form of a Young Urbanist Summer Camp.
As part of TCAT’s Active Neighbourhoods Canada project, the camp transformed a room at the Flemingdon Health Centre into an urban design studio where neighbourhood kids aged 10-13 worked collaboratively with local teen facilitators aged 14-20. Together, they envisioned and experimented with how to change the design of their neighbourhood to improve safety and foster active transportation.
Using guided walks, walk-auditing tools, map making and model building, our campers took their ideas for transportation, public space and the environment and translated them into drawings, site plans and 3D models of a dangerous local intersection. As part of their design problem, the campers were also tasked with coming up with ideas to improve walking and cycling in the area. The result: three fun-filled days of hands-on activities and an imaginative vision for the future of their neighbourhood.
Check out the camp’s photo album and feedback below from two of our young urbanists.
“I learned that the way you get down to the ravine trails isn’t very safe or easy to find. So we created a plan for a multi-use path with lots of signs to make it better.”
“I didn’t notice that there were so many cars driving at the intersection ever before, until we stopped to look and think about it.”
Active Neighbourhoods Canada is a partnership of organizations across Canada using participatory design towards the goal of green, active and healthy neighbourhoods.