School of Architecture, Planning & Landscape

Children and Public Space

The impact of progressive design on children's activities in the Byker Estate, Newcastle-upon-Tyne

Sally Watson

Children’s independent use of public space has decreased in recent decades. My research investigates children’s independent mobility and outdoor play on a progressive 1970s housing estate, the Byker Estate, Newcastle upon Tyne. It examines the influences on the estate’s design and explores the extent to which attributes of the estate, which were designed with children in mind, positively or negatively affect children’s outdoor activities.


Supervisors Maggie Roe and John Pendlebury

Collaborative partners Royal Institute of British Architects