Watch This Space

Hadley Dyer
Marc Ngui

This unique and timely book introduces youth to what public space is, why it is important and how best to use it. It also underscores the need to create, preserve and protect public space. Readers will learn what makes successful public spaces work, the ins and outs of sharing and designing them, the issues surrounding teenagers in public spaces and much more.

Watch This Space answers the question, Why is public space important? It's important because this space belongs to all of us.

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Awards & Reviews

“All too often, we forget that the most inspired cities are the ones which attract all people, especially young people, out of their homes and into the streets, plazas and parks. Watch this Space compresses all kinds of intelligence from academia into a first-rate, enticing book for teens about why public space matters. Readers are introduced to some of the world's most meaningful public spaces, from the Ganges River to Federation Square in Melbourne, Australia to a reinvented water tower in Soweto, South Africa. This is a book that equips teens to become advocates for beautiful public space wherever they may be in the world.”
— Globe & Mail, November 2009
“... a great resource for both teens and adults because it looks at and asks hard questions about what it truly means for something to be public space, and why it's increasingly important to value our public places --- whether they are streets, parks or civic buildings.”
— Commissioner of the NYC Department of Transportation, November 2009
“... should be required reading for all young people, their parents and anyone who lives in a city.”
— Toronto Star, November 2009
“... the book's straightforward examination may empower them to take positive action.”
— Kirkus Reviews, February 2010
“The format of the book and the illustrations, in particular, are engaging and informative, complementing the text without overwhelming it.”
— School Library Journal, May 2010
2011 - Red Maple Award, Ontario Library Association, Short-listed
2011 - Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People, National Council for the Social Studies and the Children's Book Council, Winner
2011 - White Raven Award, International Youth Library, Winner
2011 - Best Children's Books of the Year, Bank Street Children's Book Committee, Winner
2011 - Norma Fleck Award, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Short-listed
2011 - Best Books for Kids & Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Winner

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