|Playground are so passe'. In Denmark, kids play in their own miniature urban landscape.
How do you deal with an influx of young people into your city? If you want to make them really happy, create a city within a city just for them. By 2025, Copenhagen will have 90,000 new residents, with 33,000 between 18 and 29 and 22,000 between 0 and 17 years of age. Instead of waiting to handle the growing population, Copenhagen Municipality challenged architects to come up with ideas for nurturing the city's youngest residents.
First place in the competition went to the Prinsessegade Kindergarden and Youth Club, a so-called 'kids city' containing homes, parks, a restaurant, a stadium, a factory (hopefully not employing the kids), a city hall, and many of the other amenities that a regular city has--except it's all for kids and their parents.