Landscape Design and Children's Participation in a Japanese Primary School - Planning Process of School Biotope for 5 Years

Keitaro Ito, Ingunn Fjortoft, Tohru Manabe, Kentaro Masuda, Mahito Kamada, Katsunori Fujiwara

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Abstract

There has been a rapid decrease in the amount of open or natural space in Japan in recent years, in particular, in urban areas due to the development of housing. Preserving these areas as wildlife habitats and spaces where children can play is a very important issue nowadays. This project to design a garden in the grounds of a primary school in Fukuoka City in the south of Japan started in 2002. The aim of this project is to create an area for children's play and ecological education that can simultaneously form part of an ecological network in an urban area. As a result of this project, 52 kinds of plants have started to grow in the garden, and several kinds of birds and insects regularly visit it. In addition, research has shown that there are over 180 different ways in which the children play in the garden. Furthermore, they have learned about the existence of various ecosystems through playing there and by their participation in 80 workshops related to the garden. They have also actively participated in the development of an accessible environment and have proposed their own ideas for the management of it.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUrban Biodiversity and Design
PublisherWiley-Blackwell
Pages441-453
Number of pages13
ISBN (Print)9781444332667
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 16 2010

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Medicine(all)

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    Ito, K., Fjortoft, I., Manabe, T., Masuda, K., Kamada, M., & Fujiwara, K. (2010). Landscape Design and Children's Participation in a Japanese Primary School - Planning Process of School Biotope for 5 Years. In Urban Biodiversity and Design (pp. 441-453). Wiley-Blackwell. https://doi.org/10.1002/9781444318654.ch23