The needs of children and their caregivers in new urban lifestyles: A case study of playground facilities in Hong Kong

Kin Wai Michael SIU, Yi Lin WONG, Mei Seung Michelle LAM

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Abstract

With an increasing number of working couples and a growing elderly population, young children are often taken care of by their grandparents or housemaids from the Philippines and Indonesia. The interaction between children and caregivers has thus changed to accommodate urban life. Yet public facilities for children have not kept pace with contemporary demands. Facilities for children, including playgrounds, have failed to respond to the everyday life of children and caregivers. Taking playground as a case study, this paper examines the mismatch between current playground design and the urban lifestyles of caregivers and children in Hong Kong. Copyright © 2019 Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature.
LanguageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in human factors, sustainable urban planning and infrastructure: Proceedings of the AHFE 2018 International Conference on Human Factors, Sustainable Urban Planning and Infrastructure, July 21-25, 2018, Loews Sapphire Falls Resort at Universal Studios, Orlando, Florida, USA
EditorsJerzy CHARYTONOWICZ, Christianne FALCÃO
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherSpringer
Pages257-265
ISBN (Electronic)9783319941998
ISBN (Print)9783319941981
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019

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playground
caregiver
Hong Kong
public facility
mismatch
Philippines
Indonesia
everyday life
interaction

Citation

Siu, K. W. M., Wong, Y. L., & Lam, M. S. (2019). The needs of children and their caregivers in new urban lifestyles: A case study of playground facilities in Hong Kong. In J. Charytonowicz & C. Falcão (Eds.), Advances in human factors, sustainable urban planning and infrastructure: Proceedings of the AHFE 2018 International Conference on Human Factors, Sustainable Urban Planning and Infrastructure, July 21-25, 2018, Loews Sapphire Falls Resort at Universal Studios, Orlando, Florida, USA (pp. 257-265). Cham: Springer.

Keywords

  • Design standards
  • Playground
  • Public facility
  • Urban lifestyle