The Voice of Children is an on-going research project exploring children’s play in cities around the world. This collection of films are documentation of children playing freely, without undue adult intervention, external direction or goals, in environments which have been designed to enable play.
The films aim to show how important the environment is in enabling play, and the creative, complex and evolving relationships children develop with the physical world given sufficient space and time.
The Voice of Children features Alpujarra Kids Space (Orgiva, Spain), Baltic Street Adventure Playground (Glasgow, UK), Glamis Adventure Playground and PATH (London, UK), Felix Road Adventure Playground (Bristol, UK), Meridian Adventure Playground (Birmingham, UK), Yume Park, Fuji Kindergarten, Haruno Ogawa and Hanegi Park, (Tokyo, Japan), SM Nursery and Moanakids Nursery (Yokohama, Japan), The Land Adventure Playground (Wrexham, UK), La Jugarreta (Tepoztlan, Mexico).
Filming and research was funded by The Rumi Foundation, and produced with the support of The British Council and La Biennale di Venezia de Architectura 2017
Audio Edit: Betsy Dadd, mixed by Sean Glynn
Video Edit: Lydia C-S
Colour Grading: Chris Lee
Interviews: Assemble, Mike Barclay, Betsy Dadd, Luke Freedman and Antonia Halse
Filming: Assemble, Lydia C-S, Betsy Dadd, Luke Freedman and Phin Harper
Technical Support: Salvador Beneficio, ORB and Camilo Tirado
Editorial Support: Phin Harper, Antonia Halse, Rachel Mathers and Ben Tawil
With thanks to International Play Association, LABCDMX, Y-GSA, The School of Walls and Space, Takaharu and Yui Tezuka Architects, Youji No Shiro and Tokyo Play