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: As a developmental psychologist with a strong interest in children's reÂ sponse to the physical environment, I take particular pleasure in writing a foreword to the present volume. It provides impressive evidence of the conÂ cern that workers in environmental psychology and environmental design are displaying for the child as a user of the designed environment and indiÂ cates a recognition of the need to apply theory and findings from developÂ mental and environmental psychology to the design of environments for children. This seems to me to mark a shift in focus and concern from the earlier days of the interaction between environmental designers and psyÂ chologists that occurred some two decades ago and provided the impetus for the establishment of environmental psychology as a subdiscipline. Whether because children-though they are consumers of designed environmentsÂ are not the architect's clients or because it seemed easier to work with adults who could be asked to make ratings of environmental spaces and comment on them at length, a focus on the child in interaction with enÂ vironments was comparatively slow in developing in the field of environÂ ment and behavior. As the chapters of the present volume indicate, that situation is no longer true today, and this is a change that all concerned with the well-being and optimal functioning of children will welcome.