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26 Jun 2020 at 9:00 am - 10:00 am AEST



This week David Lindner Prize recipient Natalia Krysiak talks about Space for Play: Designing Child-Friendly Compact Neighbourhoods.

Each week you will also hear from the Institute NSW’s State Manager Kate Concannon and Chapter President Kathlyn Loseby, and guest presenters who will explore different themes relating to practice and the profession, encouraging participants to share experiences and learning.

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June 26 | David Lindner Prize Talk | Natalia Krysiak

Space for Play: Designing Child-Friendly Compact Neighbourhoods

As many of us reflect on how the COVID-19 pandemic changed the way in which we use our neighbourhoods and homes, what has become increasingly clear, is just how much we rely on open public space to ease our anxieties, maintain our physical health and provide us with a sense of belonging to our communities. For families with children living in apartments or small units without a backyard, this takes on whole new level of importance with outdoor play being a critical component of children’s healthy development, with profound benefits to their physical, emotional and social health.

So as our cities continue to densify and open space becomes more valuable, how can we ensure that the health, wellbeing and happiness of our youngest citizens becomes a priority in the design of neighbourhoods? And how can apply the benefits of the traditional backyard to communal open spaces? The presenter will delve into international best-practice for designing child-friendly neighbourhoods and highlight opportunities within the local context to prioritise the health and wellbeing of Australian children.


A practising architect in Sydney, Natalia Krysiak specialised in the design of child-oriented and community environments. Her area of research focuses on how the built environment can contribute to the health and wellbeing of children. In 2017 Natalia was awarded the David Lindner Research Prize by the NSW Chapter of the Australian Institute of Architects. Her winning proposal explores the potential for high-density areas to provide environments for increased play and active mobility of children. In 2019 Natalia completed a Churchill Fellowship to investigate best practice for designing child-friendly neighbourhoods in Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan, Canada and the UK.


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26 Jun 2020
9:00 am - 10:00 am AEST
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