Urban Metaphors in the Interaction of Child with Public Space

Hare Kiliçaslan

Karadeniz Technical University, Faculty of Architecture, Department of Architecture, Trabzon, Turkey. ORCID: 0000-0002-6113-7962. Email:

 Volume 10, Number 3, 2018 I Full Text PDF

DOI: 10.21659/rupkatha.v10n3.03

Received May 24, 2018; Revised May 27, 2018: Accepted on August 15, 2018; Published September 13, 2018.


This research aims to reveal out the urban perceptions of 6-7-year old children and their sensual experiences about public spaces. The research comprised of 35 students in total (14 girls and 21 boys), studying at first grade in Bedri Rahmi Eyübo?lu Primary School in Ortahisar district of Trabzon province and was conducted in 2016-2017 academic year, spring term. The public spaces physically experienced by the children were identified through survey forms. Their urban perceptions were tried to be identified through the metaphors they created. Children filled in the blanks, “Trabzon is like ……… because ………..” to make statements, which were analyzed and interpreted through content analysis. The metaphors obtained were categorized based on their common characteristics. This research aims to reveal out the perceptions of the children on Trabzon with respect to the physically experienced public spaces and urban metaphors. The research findings are assumed to help the parents and teachers enhance the interaction of the children with the cities they live in and thus, improve the level of their spatial perception.

Keywords: Urban, Public Space, Perception, Child, Metaphor.