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How kids can help design cities | Mara Mintzer

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Adults tend to think of kids as "future citizens" -- their ideas and opinions will matter someday, just not today. But kids make up a quarter of the population, so shouldn't they have a say in what the world they'll inherit will look like? Urban planner Mara Mintzer shares what happened when she and her team asked kids to help design a park in Boulder, Colorado -- and how it revealed an important blind spot in how we construct the built environment. "If we aren't including children in our planning, who else aren't we including?" Mintzer asks. Check out more TED Talks: http://www.ted.com The TED Talks channel features the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world's leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes (or less). Look for talks on Technology, Entertainment and Design -- plus science, business, global issues, the arts and more. Follow TED on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/TEDTalks Like TED on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TED Subscribe to our channel: https://www.youtube.com/TED
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dark fire (18 days ago)
I'm not surprised that most people in the comments cannot understand ... it's because their brains are wired different kind of like being color blind they just don't see it ... and never will... kids should grow up in nature and in gardens around flowers and trees playing in creeks and skate parks every town should strive to meet this standard
mel saint (26 days ago)
Everything is good until she mentioned "people of color". Sounds racist to me.
mel saint (26 days ago)
Reminds me about a scene in Click where Adam Sandler dismissed his child's ideas
Mandorle21 (1 month ago)
no they can't
Dick Martino (3 months ago)
Great speech. There's not enough children in towns in the UK (the real reason for Brexit). High streets are now ghost towns and not just because of online shopping. This is what happens when you tell women not to have children or have too much migration.
phanupong asvakiat (3 months ago)
There should be scattered safe, very small parks for very small people, one in which parents can take a rest too,-as they are much faster creatures.
4G12 (3 months ago)
Of course the vast majority of children have much more common sense then the vast majority of adults. They have yet to be fully indoctrinated by the church of money. Children see physical reality for what it is barring excessive brainwashing from adults. The vast majority of adults reject physical reality and force everything to fit into the capitalist monetary system, unable to see the life of living creatures, only the the $$$, as per the dictate of the church of money.
hey34 (3 months ago)
Ahmed M (3 months ago)
what a great idea.
Human Evolving (4 months ago)
TED TALK exercises censorship, Censorship is bad, Shame on TED Talks I am so disappointed since I used to suggest to everyone I would meet that they should listen to TED
slindenau (4 months ago)
She should stick to the kitchen, this talk made no sense at all.
Mehdi Ferasat (4 months ago)
Does the phrase "loud citizens" in 0:53 mean persistence and influential?
niha Brahma (4 months ago)
my aim is to be a popular fation designer n i love this idea n i will really use this idea good job 👏
Robert Denham (4 months ago)
And when was the last new city you built out of the wilderness? *LEAVE THE CHILDREN ALONE!*
celestialcircledance (4 months ago)
I could come up with fun creative ideas that defy safety and convention as well especially if it's not my money at stake or responsability lol .
dafrib (4 months ago)
what an important message this is!
Kamran Mangal (4 months ago)
Interesting ♥
文系teacher マスク (4 months ago)
英語の勉強のために聞いてます 和訳が欲しいです
Kpt Kerosive (4 months ago)
Great stuff. But... just sayin...she needs a better bra.
B_Adamson (4 months ago)
As a child I can confirm this is epic
Oliver Misbach (4 months ago)
I'm down for a hang gliding station at my local park.
DURMUŞ BAYSAL (4 months ago)
What a nice feeling being a child with children.
Mean Old Lady (4 months ago)
That's how leftists live all the time & they wonder why their own cities are crumbling around them & illegals, bums & addicts are turning glorious city parks into giant camping grounds, toilets & a toxic wasteland covered in infected needles. Let's just live in fantasyland forever & never deal with real problems instead...
Leonardo Marsola (4 months ago)
One of the best reflections that I found in TED's content.
Alexia Higgs (4 months ago)
wow I loved her talk but I love her dress more than that
Hildegardes Girl (4 months ago)
Do you ever notice alot of these TED snippets show photos of speakers in the same pose.. arms bent slightly raise at their side open palm gesture pose...And every video starts with the same fake truncated applause. Great speaker. What a wonderful idea! Love these videos!
Mrr chung (4 months ago)
I like this ideas 👍👍 1 like=support this ideas for kids👍
Sharon Bush (4 months ago)
This is an amazing idea! Children are the key to the future and they should have a say.
tbone Kovaleski (4 months ago)
Hope your throat feels better
Mark Fleener (4 months ago)
5 year olds are never allowed to walk to the park by themselves. By law, they must always be in LINE OF SIGHT or the parent risks their being taken away.
Mark Fleener (4 months ago)
Benches in a park? The anti-homeless fascists wont have it.
Online Ahmed Ali (4 months ago)
nice more vid on my channel
Highway Pro (4 months ago)
That's cool because kids don't constrain their ideas as much to societally accepted norms, they might dare to propose a plan that contradicts these standards, and might actually turn out to be an amazing plan. You have to expect a lot of unfit ideas, but if there is a really good one, it's worth it
Alexander E01 (4 months ago)
This is awesome; it’s practically a real life version of simcity.
Sara McCandless (4 months ago)
This was excellent!!
Mozzie (4 months ago)
*Trump watching* "T E R M I N A T E H E R"
Ryan YAU (4 months ago)
This reminds me of my youth, were I am free to play as I want, yet as my home city and my neighbourhood grew, I feel less welcomed and the city just seemed more and more lifeless. Indeed, everyone just wants to enjoy the same happiness children experience when ever they play in a park.
rws531 (4 months ago)
Boston’s street layout seemed to have been designed by children long ago
Alpha Strength (4 months ago)
The kids are more creative than we are because they are not in a locked mindset as we are
Jolfgard (4 months ago)
I mean, it's nice and all for kids to design cities now. I just think the relevant university degree for Urban Planning becomes somehow obsolete in the face of this.
Ana Ukmez (4 months ago)
Finance Owl (4 months ago)
Nice work but cities should be designed more towards the elderly instead.. Don't neglect them.
BO T (4 months ago)
Yes. They can think outside the box, and not just money or "as we always do". I see that if they get to be a part of the "say" in the community they will evolve, and be more interestet to learn en develop a better future. Often the kids today are far more futurethinking and inclusive then adults.
zkxnkj (4 months ago)
of course she'd bring race and immigration into the discussion. does she realize how condescending she sounds by doing that? as if those people could not possibly be already working in her field?!
Matt Roberts (4 months ago)
Creativity is killed as you progress through school, so to bring in children to give their ideas while at their most creative is a wonderful thing, 👏 we need to promote creativity and this will help keep the creative minds engaged and want to pursue a career in the creative industries, the world needs more creative people
BariumCobaltNitrog3n (4 months ago)
AQOWAMAN COWS (4 months ago)
why do I have a feeling that I've seen this before? is this a reupload or something or am I just going mad?
Felipe Rios (4 months ago)
Well kids are kids. Kids aren't dumb proprely, however, they do things because the age. But kids still can understand the things and to think about them and make a solution for it. Many "fool and dumb actions" in a lot of children are culture construction since the school and family. "Don't kids" people can to do the things too.
J. Knight (4 months ago)
this is exactly why this kind of people fail misserabelly...
OneManWolfPack (4 months ago)
"Children want nature right in there backyard" - Today I learned I am still a little kid inside.
美千子猿渡 (4 months ago)
they can't
Nicholas (4 months ago)
This is a re-upload
Da muffin maaaan! (4 months ago)
If we make children design cities they’ll just turn everything into a replica of the fortnite map.
Shama Mehjabin (4 months ago)
Children focus on possibilities, good possibilities. That's why they are happier than adults. And that's why they can make others' day too.
Hunter Dean (4 months ago)
What high schools are walking home from school at night?
garry G Ballard (4 months ago)
I love this idea. Adults seem to stick with the same old same old and can't see to plan any fun in things. Why not make places much more enjoyable for all. It wouldn't hurt for adults to be more child like.
Ahmes Syahda (4 months ago)
Most 9 year olds: we want a park made out of candy Me, an intellectual 9 year old: subscribe to pewdiepie
Jacob Hudson (4 months ago)
City hall is now chuck e cheese
Genius by Design (4 months ago)
Why have a tight shirt if U going to stand with your legs spread ?
level Joe (4 months ago)
She is giving a show isn't she.
Torsee (4 months ago)
Hey, She's Rocking that outfit!
Hidden (4 months ago)
If people watch the video instead of a just hating on the idea they would realize they aren’t using kids plans to make any of these parks or buildings but instead taking ideas from the kids and implementing them in their professionally designed parks for kids, this really isn’t such a bad idea for parks especially, build parks meant for kids based off kids ideas and for even affordable housing the kids ideas of incorporating nature with the projects make sense, allow parents who are raising young children to enjoy the outdoors with less fear of them having to walk a few blocks alone.
Dick Martino (3 months ago)
They can also be bought off for small bags of sweets.
Humanoid Model #421 (4 months ago)
Can't wait to visit the Pikachu museum, or chill out in dickbutt park.
Kevin Reardon (4 months ago)
I've never seen a more realistic argument for city design.
hdmat101 (4 months ago)
Next up : how UAE ( United Arab Emirates) can help improve the justice system around the world
j s (4 months ago)
Start the communist young
Bread snake (4 months ago)
this is amazing! how are there only 200 likes?!?!?!
Bob Frog (4 months ago)
Ever notice how these Liberal NPCs always go for our kids.
Shlomo Silversteinberg (4 months ago)
I wonder why they would want to do that... Oy vey.
tjmmachine (4 months ago)
"How to make child labour legal"
Samson Tang (4 months ago)
Encourage them to play Fortnite more.
abdullah Qh (4 months ago)
Why there is no Arabic translation
Sal Al (4 months ago)
Why should there be an Arabic translation... If there is no translation then there is no translation...That is how it works
ScoutiverTTV (4 months ago)
Why work with fully schooled engineers when you can ask children.
David (4 months ago)
She has to be an academic liberal. No one other than an academic would take a child advice. They're children. They have no knowledge or experience. Kind of like Hillary voters
Novabow John Mivule (4 months ago)
The comment above me was written by a "Mature" and grown up child
Novabow John Mivule (4 months ago)
How are kids gonna help design cities if the stuff they learn in school is USELESS once they graduate?
user 15481 (4 months ago)
This is a lot more boring than I thought it would be. As near as I can tell, cities zone to keep existing property prices up. That is to say they under-zone. This because if the property prices were to go down, the city would lose money and the officials would be ejected from office. And so the children should be ejected from the game, if home owners lose money. Then see how the kids play.
Mintfu (4 months ago)
Future Cities flashback
Wake Up (4 months ago)
Glad TED isn't promoting pedophilia again
Chad Cansler (4 months ago)
Kids are dumb AF that’s why we don’t let them make decisions for all of society. But then again most of adults are dumb AF too so what could it hurt.
Nirbhay Vashisht (4 months ago)
First they would have to stop playing fortnite
Rohit Goswami (4 months ago)
Dear Mara god bless u dear ...welcome
Sultan Atiaar (4 months ago)
f Forecast (4 months ago)
Hold on, zip lines and climbing towers aren't universal?? The rest of the world is *missing out*
chungquang thanhnhantung (4 months ago)
Alice Hellman (4 months ago)
Ya where I live we don’t even have seesaws. My class had a field trip and we saw one so we all tried to use it at once. That was the only seesaw I’ve seen in my entire country. I LIVE IN ONE OF THE RICHEST COUNTRIES IN THE WORLD OMG WHY!
Manuel Albani (4 months ago)
Nice power stance.
Aspiring Cloud Expert (4 months ago)
Deja vu
haris thapa (4 months ago)
listen to children. amazing
level Joe (4 months ago)
das a mazing!
TimeAndChance (4 months ago)
Maybe the Brits should've consulted their kids about Brexit, & the Americans about who to vote for President in '16, and...
Brian (4 months ago)
The fortnite built city
III-GabeN-III (4 months ago)
and a whole lot of trash post modernist architecture no doubt!modern architects are ironically as skillful as a child on photoshop copy and pasting trash symmetry -less cement cancerous structures. however im sure children will help with the green aspect which is sadly missing from most concrete jungles :\
Eyes 2 C ministries (4 months ago)
Smart cities coming near you!
Cisco Kid (4 months ago)
Of course don't let them be kids make them grow up by age 7 .... absolutely ridiculous premise
pororoca farm (4 months ago)
Dude wtf you are talking about? Using uour imagination is in no way "too grown up"
Steven_Duller (4 months ago)
Cisco Kid I feel this was a decent Ted video compared to others. Homegirl made it a fun activity for the kids to use for inspiration and insight they didn't seem to force adulthood on them in my opinion while she did get preachy in the end she did a good job. And of course I see where you're coming from but I kindly disagree and invite you to see the benefits I saw in her ideas.
Az Nags (4 months ago)
I couldn’t pay attention to anything other than whether or not she would take at least one step! How did she not move at all? It hurt me
Chris Weisbecker (4 months ago)
At first I found the way she was standing distracting but after a little while I started to find it hot lol
level Joe (4 months ago)
+john pardon or uncomfortable shoes... Either way, I think we agree? It was probably intended to draw attention to her time on stage, much like a pose Angelina Jolie gave a few years back. Don't be afraid to have a discussions about behaviors that are abnormal.
john pardon (4 months ago)
i think yes, she could have moved more. but i think this is more natural for herself than the steps real speakers take. it's all about the looks though. +level Joe
level Joe (4 months ago)
+john pardon thank you for addressing me personally and not the three people above me. ??? I agree with everything you said. ...one question though... Wouldn't you also agree, that to some degree, it is possibly an exaggeration of her natural stance?
john pardon (4 months ago)
she stands strong and stable. maybe not the most feminine pose but it is the most confident. +level Joe
ATROFlAR (4 months ago)
Next up: How Saudi Arabia can help improve women's rights around the world
Adnan Howlader (4 months ago)
Next up:learn from saudi arabia how to control women before they control you
Aspartame69 (4 months ago)
+f Forecast Yes, as soon as the saudi women are allowed out of their breeding capsules, they can teach the rest of the worlds women how to drive.
f Forecast (4 months ago)
Correction: How Saudi Arabia women can help improve women's rights around the world
Aspartame69 (4 months ago)
Followed by: What we can learn about managing arable land from sub Saharan Africa.
MOEEN UD DIN (4 months ago)
Four years old
No Name (4 months ago)
Go ahead. all the best in your life 👌👌⚘🌷
Not Josh Bowen (4 months ago)
سحر الوهيبي. (4 months ago)
First 🌷
Hello everyone! Have a nice day!
Aspartame69 (4 months ago)
Kids are idiots.
Yea Okay So What (4 months ago)
*Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great*
Mozzie (4 months ago)
+ScoutiverTTV it is a robot
Anthony (4 months ago)
Keep away from people who type in bold. They're small people who think they deserve to be heard over everyone else.
ScoutiverTTV (4 months ago)
*I read your comment like a robot because of the fat style text*
user 15481 (4 months ago)
But I live in the US!
Spongebob SquarePants (4 months ago)
The new Sims game looks great
chungquang thanhnhantung (4 months ago)
John Hillman (4 months ago)
+TheYoutubeGuy from Bauhaus to Spiel Haus
TheYoutubeGuy (4 months ago)
Babyoof bot Simmer (4 months ago)
Knight Slasher wait what
Mohamed Saad (4 months ago)
Brandon (4 months ago)
My dream is to be a city planner.
steve fischer (4 months ago)
same :). currently saving money and seeking experience before I start applying for my masters. I wish there were more opportunities for recent undergraduates and high schoolers to find experience in city planning departments and within design firms. The "minimum requirements" for an entry level job in this field is, unfortunately, limited to people who can forgo money for unpaid internships and can easily afford higher education. It's sad because it's a field that, more than any other, should be inclusive and open to all people and backgrounds. I wish you luck Brandon!
Mark Fleener (4 months ago)
Look up Permaculture For Us GOAHEADBLOCKME, learn about food forests and design such cities.
ScoutiverTTV (4 months ago)
If children already can be that now according to her, then congrats, youre now a city planner.
user 15481 (4 months ago)
Why? What draws you to this field?
John Hillman (4 months ago)
she is angling for a lucrative consulting job, where results are not expected

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