Principal and planner Brie Hensold spoke with Planning Magazine on how landscape architects and planners are designing for play in the article, “A Case for Play,” replicated below. “We need to understand that play is how children learn, and a fundamental part of development. It’s not just an exercise,” she noted.
Hensold discusses Sasaki’s post-occupancy study of Smale Riverfront Park in Cincinnati as an important step in the design process that helped the team understand how children interacted with the various elements. Specifically recalling a retaining wall, she explains that “it’s treated [by children] as part of the playground and used for parkour, an unexpected activity for a space that was note even designed as a play structure.”
Read about more insights on play in the full article below.