Playful cities for happier, healthier communities
Today, 60% of the world’s population live in cities. By 2050 the United Nations’ researchers estimate this number to be 80%. The consequence is among others increasingly sedentary lifestyles.
People, and children in particular, are less physically active by the day. This heavily impacts health and quality of life.
Research initiated by the KOMPAN Fitness Institute shows that adults want to become more active but they fail as a result of less free time and limited access to free, motivating facilities for people of all ages and abilities. The KOMPAN research states that 60% of people feel that today’s public spaces do not inspire them to be physically active.
For children, the World Health Organization recommends play as a means of physical activity.
Numerous surveys show that children want more opportunities to play outdoors, and that playgrounds are highly efficient for their physical activity and well-being.
Research initiated by KOMPAN states that 3-6yearolds who enjoy free play in outdoor play areas in their care setting are 33% more physically active than children in more conventional offerings.
At KOMPAN, we are committed to establish new knowledge on how to inspire people of all ages and abilities to be physically active by offering innovative, motivating solutions that fit the physical surroundings and are durable.
We co-create Active Cities by partnering with experts and engaging in conversations with opinion leaders who are committed to improve the well- being in urban communities.
We have formed a partnership with Gehl and the Gehl Institute, with the Northern American non-profit play organisation KaBooM and the University of Southern Denmark to unfold the concept of Active Cities.