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The Young Child's Experience of Space and Child Care Center Design: A Practical Meditation
Children's Environments Quarterly
Vol. 8, No. 1 (1991), pp. 37-48
Published by: Board of Regents of the University of Colorado, a body corporate, for the benefit of the Children, Youth and Environments Center at the University of Colorado Boulder
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/41514767
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The physical, perceptual, and cognitive differences between adults and young children have significant implications for the design of child care centers. This article considers first how architecture influences children's development, then the differences between how young children and adults experience and use space and then the problem of designing collective space for young children that is responsive to those differences. Four broad, qualitative characteristics of optimal child care centers are identified: that they be homelike, have an unfinished character, have an open relationship to the natural world, and provide an overall variety and balance of kinds of spaces.
Children's Environments Quarterly © 1991 University of Cincinnati