Kate is a landscape architect in the Urban Studio at Sasaki. Her research, design thinking, illustrative graphics, and technical skills contribute to the success of diverse project types, with a specific focus on children's outdoor environments.
It's a place that seems a bit wild and a little risky, a place where the unexpected can happen.In part, the park is so popular because it is so different. Here, instead of the plastic post-and-platform structures of a typical American playground, climbing walls, boulders, bridges, logs and slide hillsides await curious kids. It's a place that seems a bit wild and a little risky, a place where the unexpected can happen.
A lack of free play opportunities is culpable in forming the habits of a generation of children who are less imaginative, creative, and expressive.During the past decade a groundswell of play advocates—including parents, teachers and designers—have begun arguing that a reasonable level of risk in play is essential to children's healthy development. The pendulum is slowly swinging back, with cities increasingly engaging designers in the creation of custom play environments that are contextual, place-specific and creative in their interpretation of the safety guidelines.