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Creating Youth-Friendly Spaces: Top Tips for Success


The future is in our hands. It's essential to design spaces that resonate with young people’s needs, aspirations, and preferences. Whether you're an architect, educator, or community leader, here are some top tips to make any place or space more youth-friendly:



1. Involve Young People

The first and most crucial step in creating a youth-friendly space is to involve young people in the design and decision-making process. They bring unique insights and perspectives that can't be replicated by adults. Consult with them, listen to their ideas, and take their feedback seriously. This collaboration ensures that the space truly meets their needs.

2. Prioritise Safety

Safety should always be the top priority. Space can include a digital space where you are asking for feedback and contribution as well as a physical space such as a youth hub, library, or park. Ensure that the space is free from hazards, well-lit, and equipped with safety measures such as fire extinguishers and first-aid kits. Consider security features that provide a sense of safety, both physically and emotionally.

3. Promote Inclusivity

Youth-friendly spaces should be inclusive and welcoming to everyone. Ensure that the space is accessible to individuals with various abilities, regardless of their physical or sensory needs. Avoid any design elements or barriers that may inadvertently exclude certain groups.

4. Foster Creativity

Young people thrive in environments that encourage creativity and self-expression. Incorporate elements that stimulate their imagination, such as art installations, flexible seating arrangements, or interactive exhibits. Create spaces where they can experiment, learn, and express themselves freely.

5. Provide Access to Technology

In today's digital age, access to technology is crucial for young people. Ensure that the space offers Wi-Fi, charging stations, and tech-friendly features like interactive screens or digital workstations. This allows them to stay connected, learn, and collaborate effectively.

6. Flexible Design

Young people's needs and preferences can change rapidly. Design the space with flexibility in mind, allowing for easy reconfiguration or adaptation to accommodate different activities and age groups. Modular furniture, movable partitions, and multipurpose spaces are excellent options.

7. Offer Learning Opportunities

Youth-friendly spaces can also serve as places of learning and personal growth. Consider incorporating educational resources, workshops, or mentoring programs into the space. Encourage curiosity and provide opportunities for skill development.

8. Embrace Sustainability

Young people are often environmentally conscious. Design the space with sustainability in mind by using eco-friendly materials, energy-efficient lighting, and waste reduction strategies. Demonstrating a commitment to sustainability can also inspire and educate young visitors.

9. Create Social Spaces

Youth-friendly spaces should encourage social interaction and community building. Include comfortable seating areas, communal tables, and gathering spaces where young people can connect, collaborate, and build relationships.

10. Seek Feedback and Adapt

Finally, creating a youth-friendly space is an ongoing process. Continuously seek feedback from young people who use the space and be open to making improvements based on their suggestions. Regularly evaluate and adapt the space to meet evolving needs and trends.

Incorporating these tips into your space design or renovation project can help you create a youth-friendly environment that empowers young people, fosters creativity, and contributes to a brighter future for all. Remember that a youth-friendly space isn't just about the physical design; it's about creating an inclusive, engaging, and supportive environment where young people can thrive.


If you’re interested in how to make your space more youth-friendly, please get in touch. We’d love to consult with you on ways you can improve and increase what you’re already doing well. From plans to physical walk-throughs, we can accommodate your project at any stage. Just reach out to hello@revision.org.nz.


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