Urban Thinkscape

Urban Thinkscape is an initiative to integrate the benefits of playful learning into the urban fabric. The project aims to transform learning outcomes for children (preschool through elementary-age) by changing existing public spaces into environments for playful learning and interaction.

Hume carried out research translation and design from concept to completion.

In collaboration with prominent psychologists Prof. Kathy Hirsh-Pasek and Prof. Roberta Golinkoff, the pilot for Urban Thinkscape includes impact assessment which has been analysed and published.


Urban Thinkscape Project: Activating Public Spaces for Playful Learning
Centre on the Developing Child, Harvard University

More than a playground, this is an urban thinkscape

The urban design project sneaking puzzles and hopscotch into abandoned lots

Cities as classrooms: The Urban Thinkscape project

Weaving Games and Puzzles Into the Fabric of a City
Smithsonian Magazine

Introducing and sustaining learning landscapes in urban environments
Van Alen Report 20

Urban Thinkspace, a playground that encourages vital parent engagement
Herald Tribune

Published Research

Urban Thinkscape: Infusing Public Spaces with STEM Conversation and Interaction Opportunities

Learning Landscapes: Can urban planning and the learning sciences work together to help children?

Project Details

  • Project Type: Science-Informed Design, Strategies, Insights
  • Project Status: Completed
  • Year: 2018
  • Location: Philadelphia, USA
  • Clients: Temple University, funded by William Penn Foundation
  • Research Partners: Temple University