Project dates: 18/10/2018 - 18/10/2022
Why it matters:
This project aims to expand our understanding of youth social activities and to collect data about the conditions and locations for greater social engagement within neighbourhood parks. To better understand similarities and differences between youth and adult preferences within neighbourhood parks, this study applies the theory of behaviour settings in conjunction with affordances theory to explore motives and preferences of youth social activities, and other ways that they use activities in neighbourhood parks in the Moreton Bay Region of South-East Queensland, Australia. This thesis used a qualitative methodology that included two different youth-friendly data collection methods facilitated between September 2020 and March 2021: a structured activity approach (photo-choice tool) and a participatory approach (one-off workshop). A total of 192 youth aged 9-17 years participated in the photo-choice tool, and a total of 13 youth aged 16-23 years participated in the one-off workshop.
This project found that there is a need for designing zones in parks to provide this group of youth with opportunities for greater interactions and social activities including other park users. It is suggested that park designs should explore the use of mixed-age zones (focusing on different users) in order to foster inclusive activities as well as social activities within neighbourhood parks. Recommendations for equitable parks to be welcoming to diverse users include the provision of affordances for diverse youth-friendly and mixed-age activities and facilities. By creating parks that are socially sustainable and designed using research evidence, we can meet the preferences of all ages, including youth.
- Ziaesaeidi, Parisa, Cushing, Debra, Washington, Tracy, & Buys, Elinor (2021) Designing Age-Friendly Parks: Using a Photo-Choice Tool to Understand Youth Engagement within Neighborhood Parks. In Bernasconi, C., Blume, L., Cai, H., de la Pena, D., Demir, O., Heidgerken, T., et al. (Eds.) Proceedings of the 52nd Annual Conference of the Environmental Design Research Association : EDRA52 Detroit. Just environments: Transdisciplinary border crossings. Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA), United States of America, p. 513.
- Ziaesaeidi, Parisa, Cushing, Debra Flanders, Washington, Tracy, & Buys, Elinor (2020) How youth are socially engaged in parks : a participatory-approach for understanding youth perceptions and use patterns. IOP Conference Series: Earth and Environmental Science, 588(5), Article number: 052058.
- Ziaesaeidi, Parisa (2020) Preferences of Youth for Social Engagement in Neighbourhood-Parks. In The Design Research Society 2020 International Conference (DRS2020), 2020-08-11 – 2020-08-14.
- Ziaesaeidi, Parisa & Cushing, Debra (2019) The social sustainability of neighbourhood-schools: a qualitative study with Iranian children and youth about their neighbourhood perceptions. Local Environment, 24(12), pp. 1178-1196.
Events or Presentations:
- Ziaesaeidi, P., Cushing, D. F., Washington, T., & Buys, L. (2020, August 11).
Preferences of youth for social engagement in neighbourhood parks. DRS2020
Postgraduate Research Day, Brisbane, Australia. [Oral presentation, peer-reviewed,
- Ziaesaeidi, P., Cushing, D. F., Washington, T., & Buys, L. (2020, November
4). How youth are socially engaged in parks: A participatory approach for
understanding youth perceptions and use patterns. BEYOND 2020,
Gothenburg, Sweden. [Oral presentation and 4-page paper published in
conference proceedings; peer-reviewed, accepted].
- Ziaesaeidi, P., Cushing, D. F., Washington, T., & Buys, L. (2021, May 21).
Designing age-friendly parks: Using a photo-choice Tool to understand youth
engagement within neighborhood parks. Environmental Design Research
Association (EDRA52), Detroit. [Oral Presentation; peer-reviewed; accepted].
- Ziaesaeidi, P.(2021, August 23). Designing age-friendly parks: a context for
intergenerational activities. Sustainability Week, QUT, Brisbane, Australia.
[Short conversation and poster presentation].
- Ziaesaeidi, P., Cushing, D. F., Washington, T., & Buys, L. (2022, October).
Are youth socially active in parks? using a photo tool to understand youth
perceptions. Child in the City Word Conference, Dublin, Ireland. Oral
presentation and conference proceeding [peer-reviewed, accepted].
- Ziaesaeidi, P. (2021, November 5). Mixed-age parks: The designing of new
generation parks. EMBL Australia [Postgraduate symposium]. On Giant’s
Shoulders: Adapting to an Ever-changing World. [Poster presentation].