Lookup NU author(s): Teresa Strachan
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A young person's identity as a product of their relationship with place has been the subject of research across many disciplines. In the field of urban planning, engagement with the community and young people, in particular, is acknowledged as being desirable, but in reality their contribution remains largely undervalued or undiscovered. Drawing on Lefebvre's production of space this paper explores how young people's perception of the places in which they live is shaped by a combination of their day-to-day experiences, their memories and their aspirations. The outputs of a research project at Newcastle University show how young people readily comprehend their local environments and how they nurture strong visions for the future of these places. The paper suggests that despite this wealth of place knowledge among young people and their capacity for envisioning the future, there are few opportunities for them to share this expertise or to voice their opinion on the future of those places. Through the development and use of suitable youth engagement methods, facilitated by urban planning students, the ‘YES Planning’ project has demonstrated how young people might begin to use their previously hidden placemaking capabilities.
Author(s): Strachan TJ
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: Urban Design and Planning
Print publication date: 01/02/2018
Online publication date: 13/03/2017
Acceptance date: 15/02/2017
ISSN (print): 1755-0793
ISSN (electronic): 1755-0807
Publisher: ICE Publishing
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