Designing for Play by Barbara E. Hendricks

By Barbara E. Hendricks

Architects, panorama designers, developers, gardeners and academics have all at it slow been known as upon to layout a play zone. regrettably, this variety has now not ended in the same range of layout options for this very frustrating job. regardless of a proliferation of 'how to' books in this topic, playgrounds have remained nearly an identical in the course of the global on account that their production over a century in the past. this isn't a 'how to' layout booklet. in its place, in response to thirty years adventure as a consultant play quarter clothier, Barbara Hendricks info a significantly new process, making use of state-of-the-art considering from baby improvement and baby psychology to discover leading edge layout recommendations, not easy the tested notions of play provision. protecting key sociological, public coverage, environmental and layout matters, this e-book presents designers with an exploration of and consultant to, designing from a 'child's eye' view of the realm. superbly crafted and copiously illustrated with a number of examples of lately designed playgrounds, this booklet isn't just stimulating and informative, yet enjoyable to learn and heavily playful in itself. This moment variation brings the textual content brand new from 2001 to 2010 with additional dialogue approximately new principles for play sector designs and what has no longer labored some time past decade.

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Childhood lasts for the first 16 to 18 years of one’s life and then for the next 20 to 25 years one is “a person”, before old age begins to set in – and again there is no need to concern society to do anything lasting or well for this older age group. e. serious, interests. After all it is just for children. Design is serious adult business. Show me a city’s playgrounds and I can tell you what is in the heart of the people who run the city. S. (1978), The Garden: An Illustrated History, Penguin Books: Harmondsworth.

Children – and particularly young children are very receptive to aesthetic experiences. Young children are travellers in this world for the first time and can see and are aware of the beauty of many things we adults have come to overlook. That is the advantage of experiencing things for the first time in a state of heightened awareness. Persons in the adult stage of life today have, for the most, lost this freshness. As a result there is the adult perception that children are closer to nature than are adults.

Reitveld Beach Buggy of 1918 – an application of artistic principles to an everyday child’s plaything. Source: Illustration courtesy of Victoria and Albert Museum. Educational toys were developed, not by designers, but by educators and technicians. Froebel (1752-1852) worked out a system of building blocks according to scientific principles. Further refinements led to the invention of interlocking building blocks such as that made of rubber by Minibrix (a precursor to the Lego block) in 1935. An engineering enthusiast, Frank Hornby, invented Meccano in 1901 to teach children the principles of engineering.

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