Episode 20: Self-Driving Kids

By June 26, 2019 Uncategorized

Autonomous cars? Who needs ’em. If you want to improve your city then design it so that children have more autonomy. In this episode we hit the playground with architecture critic Alexandra Lange, the author of “The Design of Childhood.” To grow up into healthy, functional adults, kids need opportunities to experience freedom and independence. Alexandra argues that car-dominated streets make that more difficult. A city designed for cars is a city that’s lousy for families — and pretty much everyone else. Plus: The surprising history of playgrounds.

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Show Notes: 

Visit Alexandra Lange’s web site and follow her on Twitter and Instagram.

Buy a copy of her book, “The Design of Childhood: How the Material World Shapes Independent Kids.”  

How children lost the right to roam in four generations. (Daily Mail

Peter Norton’s “Fighting Traffic” is a mind-boggling (and scholarly!) historical account of the bloody battle for city streets at the dawn of the motor age in the American city.

This episode was produced by Matt Cutler.

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