Spaces for Children

The Built Environment and Child Development

  • Carol Simon Weinstein
  • Thomas G. David

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiv
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Thomas G. David, Carol Simon Weinstein
      Pages 3-18
  3. The Impact of the Built Environment on Children’s Development

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 19-19
    2. Harold M. Proshansky, Abbe K. Fabian
      Pages 21-40
    3. Maxine Wolfe, Leanne G. Rivlin
      Pages 89-114
  4. Designing Spaces for Children

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 115-115
    2. Anita Rui Olds
      Pages 117-138
    3. Carol Simon Weinstein
      Pages 159-185
  5. Involving Users in the Design Process

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 215-215
    2. Carol Baldassari, Sheila Lehman, Maxine Wolfe
      Pages 241-268
    3. Michael Bakos, Richard Bozic, David Chapin
      Pages 269-288
  6. Conclusions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 289-289
    2. Craig Zimring, Richard D. Barnes
      Pages 309-318
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 319-322

About this book


As a developmental psychologist with a strong interest in children's re­ sponse to the physical environment, I take particular pleasure in writing a foreword to the present volume. It provides impressive evidence of the con­ cern that workers in environmental psychology and environmental design are displaying for the child as a user of the designed environment and indi­ cates a recognition of the need to apply theory and findings from develop­ mental and environmental psychology to the design of environments for children. This seems to me to mark a shift in focus and concern from the earlier days of the interaction between environmental designers and psy­ chologists that occurred some two decades ago and provided the impetus for the establishment of environmental psychology as a subdiscipline. Whether because children-though they are consumers of designed environments­ are not the architect's clients or because it seemed easier to work with adults who could be asked to make ratings of environmental spaces and comment on them at length, a focus on the child in interaction with en­ vironments was comparatively slow in developing in the field of environ­ ment and behavior. As the chapters of the present volume indicate, that situation is no longer true today, and this is a change that all concerned with the well-being and optimal functioning of children will welcome.


Action behavior child children cognition development environment environmental psychology evolution interaction psychology well-being

Editors and affiliations

  • Carol Simon Weinstein
    • 1
  • Thomas G. David
    • 2
  1. 1.Graduate School of EducationRutgers — The State University of New JerseyNew BrunswickUSA
  2. 2.Bush Program in Child and Family PolicyUniversity of California, Los AngelesLos AngelesUSA

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