Designing for Play by Barbara E. Hendricks

By Barbara E. Hendricks

Architects, panorama designers, developers, gardeners and academics have all at your time been known as upon to layout a play region. regrettably, this range has no longer led to an analogous variety of layout suggestions for this very difficult job. regardless of a proliferation of 'how to' books in this topic, playgrounds have remained almost an analogous during the global due to the fact that their construction over a century in the past. this isn't a 'how to' layout publication. in its place, in accordance with thirty years adventure as a consultant play sector fashion designer, Barbara Hendricks info a appreciably new method, employing state of the art pondering from baby improvement and baby psychology to discover leading edge layout options, not easy the verified notions of play provision. overlaying key sociological, public coverage, environmental and layout concerns, this publication presents designers with an exploration of and advisor to, designing from a 'child's eye' view of the area. fantastically crafted and copiously illustrated with quite a few examples of lately designed playgrounds, this publication isn't just stimulating and informative, yet enjoyable to learn and heavily playful in itself. This moment version brings the textual content modern from 2001 to 2010 with further dialogue approximately new principles for play zone designs and what has now not labored some time past decade.

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Still to be found in playgrounds – and still enjoyed when well designed and well located. While clothing, architecture, transport, furniture and nearly everything else that is “designed” has changed greatly in form since 1850 – items for children’s play often appear much as they did 150 years ago. Time truly stands still when we play! 297). These traditional facilities have continued to appear on playgrounds throughout the twentieth century. With the development of public schools in the nineteenth century there was often a school teacher’s residence attached, with space for a gardens for the teachers.

Some are successful at creating items that make a contribution to the development of designing for children’s play but for the most these are just another example of an artist’s rendering of a swing, a slide or a climbing structure. One example of this form of artistic imperialism is “The Fruit Playground” in Stockhom, Sweden. The Fruit Playground designed to celebrate Stockholm as the European Cultural Capital, 1998. 36 Designing for Play In this playground there is great innovation and skill in the use of materials and paint but there is no innovation in providing for play here.

Society’s Criteria 49 Furnishing these private places is big business these days, while the nearby park lies neglected with only a minimum of facilities. Life styles then of the adult population have a great influence on the use patterns of public parks. Demands on a supervised pre-school play yard attached to a child care centre In a typical kindergarten setting the demands on a play area are more specifically oriented toward child development and can be more targeted to the development level of the children who play there.

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