Today's childhood is under incredible pressure. The demands and distractions of electronics, busy schedules, school testing regimes and safety concerns have all but sidelined our youth's ability to engage in free play. A groundswell of parents, educators, healthcare providers, and researchers have begun an international conversation about why the seemingly simple act of playing is good for children, and how to re-inject childhood with opportunities to play. Designers have a critical voice in the conversation: we shape regions, cities, neighborhoods, buildings and parks into the kinds of safe and inviting places that bring communities together and inspire playful activity in all its forms.
As part of a larger internal research initiative, Sasaki has organized PLAY, an exhibit that offers a framework to connect design elements with child development and asks designers to imagine and prototype the future of playscapes. The exhibit is also providing the armature for Sasaki's 2016 Intern Charrette, which will culminate in a juried design critique on June 23. Stay tuned for a recap of the event, with a look at the charrette's playscape prototypes.
Click here to read "State of Play: How Architects and Designers are Rethinking America's Playgrounds," a recent article in Curbed featuring input from Kate Tooke, ASLA lead play researcher and an Senior Associate at Sasaki.
This exhibit was designed, crafted, and implemented by Sasaki's Gallery Committee, the Play research team, Graphic Design team, and members of our Fabrication Lab. The exhibit is a companion to the Design Museum Foundation's Extraordinary Playscapes, on display at the BSA space and throughout Boston this summer, of which you can read an in-depth review published on Next City here.
PLAY is open to the public
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