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25 Feb 16



In the discussion about the city we need, if a city were to function properly, it needs to coordinate very diverse agendas related to land use, energy, water, waste, mobility, health and education, economic development, and the promotion of cultural vitality and social inclusion[1]. The new urban era seeks a city where people can find freedom, innovation, prosperity, and resilience. While statistic shows that approximately 27% of the world population is children under the age of 18 (, 2011), unfortunately children are most likely invisible in city planning and design. Spaces for children in the city are rarely planned in advance or even unrecognized. Child Friendly City initiative provides a framework to guide communities to create spaces where children live, grow, learn, and play.  A city is an orchestra of public, private, and civil society organization to offer solution large and small. A best practice in urban planning is to gather design from around the world and share them to redefine the future we want.


ars86care foundation has contributed in the games of change since a decade ago to create and promote Child Friendly Spaces. Currently, ars86care is focusing to rebuild village kindergarten facilities to provide more access to quality early childhood education in Indonesia. Located in periphery-urban area in Gunung Kidul municipality, Yogyakarta, Central Java, ars86care has rebuilt the first ever village kindergartens which offers green features, adapted to tropical climate towards the end of 2015. The schools has solar cell attached to its roof, a water tank to harvest rain water, surface water absorption well, zero waste trash management, conserving plants and trees and also replanting, while optimizing natural resources such as sunlight and air ventilation. In the building process, materials are supplied from close building supplier as well as gathering from the local community.  There are seven steps to plan and design children space regarding urban-rural linkages, these steps are considerable important to help create an environment safe space for children. The steps include :


1.    Optimizing natural lighting and cross ventilation

2.       Natural air circulation by providing cross ventilation

3.       Conserve plants and trees and replanting in a minimum space (vertical garden)

4.       Installing solar energy system

5.       Rain water harvesting

6.       Surface water absorption

7.       Zero waste and trash management


The school program involves corporate social responsibility funding, local government permit, local community and especially children’s active engagement. The program has successfully provided children space as a media to educate the schools pupils about today’s global issue, the climate change, and our responsibility to take action, and moreover to strengthen the village community.  [MW]

25 Feb 2016