WHAT IS THE RESEARCH ABOUT ?
We are interested in children’s understandings and perceptions of happiness in the urban public space.
The research aims to identify the key factors of the public space that can affect children and young people’s happiness and positive wellbeing.
WHY IS THE RESEARCH IMPORTANT ?
We think it is important to study the city and its public spaces within children and young people’s perspective.
By involving children in the research, we will be able to understand how they understand, use, relate and feel about the city.
We will also get to know what they like about living in their current neighbourhood and what can be done to improve it.
WHERE IS THE RESEARCH TAKING PLACE ?
The research will take place in the Metropolitan area of the Latin-American city of Lima, capital of Peru. The city holds almost 32% of the population of the country
The metropolitan area is divided into 49 districts, three of which will be sampled in the current research.
The data collection will be gathered in the districts of Comas Villa Maria del Triunfo and San Isidro.
WHO WILL BE PARTICIPATING IN THE RESEARCH ?
Young people aged (5-18), architecture undergraduate students and key professionals (all over 18) will be the participants in this research.
Regarding young people, two schools of each district will be recruited. They will be divided into 4 age categories
i) 5 – 9, ii) 9 – 12, iii) 12 – 15, iv) 15 – 18.
HOW IS THE RESEARCH TAKING PLACE ?
The project will adopt a multi-method approach, comprising two strands:
‘draw, write and tell activity’, ‘photo elicitation interview’, ‘photo mapping activity’, semi-structured interviews and model making workshops.
Revision of Secondary Existing Data regarding key factors related to Community Well-being and a survey with children, regarding their perceptions of public space and their neighbourhoods.