World Forum New Zealand Design Conference

Architects, landscape architects, educators, and environmental advocates will gather March 11 – 14, 2015, to explore high-level universal principles necessary in designing effective and inspiring indoor and outdoor spaces for children. This first-of-its-kind international event will be held at Distinction Hotel in Rotorua, New Zealand.

Four universal principles will serve as the foundation for this event:

  1. The power and importance of collaboration.
  2. The importance of respecting the context of space and place.
  3. The importance of the connection between inside and outside spaces.
  4. The importance of the intention for the space.

During the course of this unique event, delegates will be organized into teams and tasked to prepare concepts and designs for three pre-selected projects in regions around the world that experienced some form of natural disaster or who serve vulnerable children.  As delegates work together on developing these plans, they will experience first-hand the four universal principles in action and the power of collaboration.

This event is being held under the auspices of the World Forum Foundation, a tax-exempt, non-profit organization that hosts a variety of international activities in the early childhood arena. The event in Rotorua is being organized by two World Forum Foundation working groups: Global Collaborative OnDesign and Nature Action Collaborative for Children.

Approximately 250 participants from 25 countries are expected to attend, including architects, landscape architects, educators, community officials, and representatives from funders and organizations who care about the design of children’s spaces, especially with a connection to nature.

For additional details and to register, individuals interested in attending should visit or send an email to