Children, Spaces, Relations: Metaproject for an Environment for Young Children


Reggio Children and Domus Academy Research Center, Giulio Ceppi, Michele Zini, editors, 1998, Illus. softbound, 160 pp.

Reggio Emilia Resource
Reggio Children has initiated a line of research in conjunction with Domus Academy on designing spaces for young children.

This book is presented in three main sections:

a) A critical analysis of the cumulative experience of the municipal early childhood system of Reggio Emilia, with the aim of formulating general criteria of quality and presenting possible scenarios, using keywords and metaphors in an attempt to identify the desirable characteristics of a space for young children.
b) Reflections on the tools of design, with indications regarding both the distribution of space and the "soft qualities" (light, color, materials, smell, sound, microclimate). The objective is to provide tools of analysis and practical indications for both the interior and exterior design of infant-toddler centers and schools for young children.
c) Essays discussing the pedagogical and architecture/design issues that form the theoretical basis of the research.