"This study has its background in discussions about housing qualities in new urban areas in Norway. Many new areas are lacking diversity in apartment types and communal provisions – such as places to meet or play. They are suitable only to a limited number of users. According to a recent study the residents’ perspective is represented by what estate agents know about the various customer groups. This knowledge, however, may not be well suited to promote long-term qualities. Dwellings designed for busy young men,may be occupied later by other types of households. A current challenge is to meet the potential requirements of cross-section of the population at least at a neighbourhood level. Creating new urban areas with high density is seen as an important overall strategy to support a more sustainable lifestyle. Sustainability also includes social aspects, health and feeling of well being. It is a challenge to build dense and at the same time high quality seen from different user perspectives. Children represent one of the user groups not taken into account. The book Growing Up in an Urbanising World (Chawla 2002) sums up the findings of a major international research initiative about children in cities. The authors conclude that the primary challenge now lies in translating knowledge about this user perspective into actual solutions. Analyzing high quality built solutions is one strategy to try to identify some of the success criteria’s used as premises for planning. Usability of new urban areas. The project focuses on investigating the relations between the physical environments and the lived lives. Trying to translate this knowledge threw design guidelines. The relevance of the research is to figure out what kinds of qualities are preferred. Do the parent’s choices merge those qualities pointed out in new research as important for children? In order to study the usability of residential areas for both the children and their parent’s one has to look more closely at various dimensions connected to different qualities in an urban childhood. This has both to do with functional aspects as well as social aspects, for instance possibilities to meet people and feel safe. “Everyday life” is not only based on routines and habits. It also consists of moments of well being, possibilities for play, learning and feelings of place identity. The research aims: 1. Learn about parents and childrens use and Paper in Young Researchers’ Workshop experience of apparently innovative urban housing projects 2. Produce knowledge available for local planners and politicians about which qualities preferred by “modern” families with children. 3. Contribute to knowledge about how different user perspectives can be made visible and taken into account when discussing housing qualities 4. Contribute to knowledge about how location and neighborhood layout influence on choices taken in everyday life. Research questions: 1. How do children and their parents perceive and use housing enviroments, regarding aspects of location, building and outdoor design 2. Which qualities in the physical environments are important for them? 4. In which way do the location and design of indoor and outdoor areas influence on they everyday life and habits. 5. Do the qualities expressed through the proposed design guidelines support those preferred by the parents and the children? Project design: The first part of the study will survey the available literature in order to map current knowledge of the field. Focus on qualities seen as important for a good childhood related to Nordic conditions. This will result in a proposed translation into some kind of guidelines and will be discussed in an inter-disciplinary expert workshop at a national level. - The physical structure in three cases will be analysed based on this guidelines/ toolbox. The second part will focus on understanding and studying the relationship between everyday life and the place of residence case studies (Yin 1994) of three new built-up urban residential areas. - Investigating both parents experience and use of the physical environment (threw interview and questioners) and childrens experience and use of the physical environment. (Using photos and their own stories). An important selection criterion will be that the chosen areas have been designed with a particular ambition of adapting high quality residential environment. The selection will offer opportunities to identify success criteria that may be important and offer useful knowledge to others. Donmoyer (1990) recommends that this type of case study could be used in order to teach readers to see possibilities. Gergen (1992) describes the constructi Chawla, L. (2002). Growing Up in an Urbanising World, UNESCO. Dep. (2005). Handlingsplanen for fysisk aktivitet. Duncan, J. (2005). ""Do we have a theory yet."" Iaps Bulletin of People- Envroment Horelli, L. and M. Prezza (2004). Child-Friendly Environments - Approaches and lessons. Helsinki,"