Institute of Education


Child-friendly cities and social infrastructure

27 February 2020, 6:00 pm–7:30 pm

Brothers in the playground. Image: Hisu Lee via Unsplash

In this seminar, Architect Dinah Bornat will outline the child friendly city and geographer Alan Latham will show why social infrastructure is so important.

This event is free.

Event Information

Open to







Adam Wood


Room 675
UCL Institute of Education
20 Bedford Way

The speakers will give short 15 minute talks on child-friendly cities and social infrastructure:

  • Thinking small to think big. Why we need to start designing the child friendly city
    Dinah Bornat (ZCD Architects)
  • Infrastructure and why it matters
    Alan Latham (UCL Geography)

There will be time for discussion and opportunities for the audience to explore links across the issues raised. 

This is the first seminar of the Space and Education series.

Space and Education seminar series

This monthly seminar series explores how a range of spatial issues – from planning, architecture, social infrastructure, play, classrooms – are entwined with education and schooling. 

The aim is to develop conversations and explore connections across speakers' topics and their different lines of work.


Image: Hisu Lee via Unsplash

About the Speakers

Dinah Bornat

Architect and Urban Designer at ZCD Architects

Architecture is a social act, we have a responsibility to design beautiful and appropriate buildings and places and we use our child friendly design expertise to do that. Our work influences policy and practice beyond what we do as we collaborate with others within and outside the profession.

Dr Alan Latham

Associate Professor at Department of Geography, University College London.

Dr Alan Latham’s research focuses on issues around sociality, mobility, and the public life of cities.


More about Dr Alan Latham