Dr. Beau Beza and Dr. Angela Kreutz, from Deakin University School of Architecture and Built Environment, in Melbourne, Australia are championing the current Growing Up in Cities project. This project honors the spirit of the two original studies, Kevin Lynch’s in 1972 and Louise Chawla’s in the late 1990s, and seeks to develop a wider research context as it relates to young people and contemporary urban life. With increasing urbanization, UNICEF projects that more than 70% of the world’s population will be living in cities by 2050, the majority of whom will be under 18 years (2012). The GUIC 2020 project aims to investigate the impact of urban environments on contemporary young people’s lives across the globe.
Thirteen countries are involved in the current Growing Up in Cities project -- Argentina, Australia, Chile, China, Colombia, El Salvador, India, Mexico, Nepal, Nigeria, South Africa, United Kingdom, and the United States.