The Bartlett School of Architecture


Built Environments and the Lives of Children - Bartlett International Lecture Series

04 November 2020, 6:00 pm–7:30 pm

Assemble, Dalmarnock

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This event will be streamed live on The Bartlett School of Architecture's YouTube channel at 18:00 GMT. No registration is required.


Streamed live on The Bartlett School of Architecture's YouTube channel, this event will be a discussion between co-hosts Asya Parker and Amica Dall and speakers Eddie Nutall and Penny Wilson. 

This event forms part of The Bartlett International Lecture Series Autumn 2020.  


This event will examine how we have become so used to the multiple ways in which the built environment fails children, that most of us take it as a given. But can we imagine a city in which children's needs, safety, and rights are taken seriously, and as a priority? Featuring a mix of video, recorded interviews, and live discussion, the speakers will explore the city from eyes at 90cm. 

The event will show excerpts and footage from child-focused environments around the world. The speakers will discuss how precedents including Aldo Van Eyk's work in Amsterdam, and child-focused urban reform work in Tirana, can help shift our perspective on the way children are accommodated in cities. The event will also show interviews with working children in Lima, Peru, who have organised around their unique needs and rights, including ongoing campaigns for the right to work legally.

Speaker biographies

Eddie Nutall is a writer and play-worker based in Bristol. Eddie currently runs Felix Road Adventure Playground, a community project including a food hub, circus workshop, playground and nursery in Easton, Bristol, one of the most diverse and underserved communities in the city. Eddie trained as a youth worker in Wythenshawe, Manchester, one the UK largest interwar housing estates, and is active within the radically child-centered rights discourse at a national and international level. 

Penny Wilson is an internationally renowned community activist and play worker based in the East End of London. She is currently the lead community and play organizer at Mudchute City Farm in London's Docklands and project leader at Play KX. 

Image: Assemble