Design of Children's Play Environments

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This book presents an innovative, highly successful model of playground design that can be applied to any locale around the world. The model, "Circular Play Systems," developed by noted Japanese architect Mitsuru Senda, incorporates various architectural elements and demonstrates the healthiest play environments for children and how to go about creating them. Starting with a sound explanation of the structure and meaning of a play environment, this book: Develops a new model for understanding the essential ...
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Overview

This book presents an innovative, highly successful model of playground design that can be applied to any locale around the world. The model, "Circular Play Systems," developed by noted Japanese architect Mitsuru Senda, incorporates various architectural elements and demonstrates the healthiest play environments for children and how to go about creating them. Starting with a sound explanation of the structure and meaning of a play environment, this book: Develops a new model for understanding the essential elements for making a stimulating and healthy play environment; Features beautifully illustrated examples of indoor and outdoor play areas. Architects, planners, and builders will find new, highly creative solutions to utilizing both interior and exterior spaces--even in the most constrained and unpromising locales. The book also includes numerous examples of projects that have successfully incorporated new play structures and play environments. This is an essential reference for professionals involved in the design of children's indoor and outdoor play environments.
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Explains an original design concept for children's play environments, "circular play systems;" describes successful projects, mostly in Japan; suggests how a designer might approach problems such as a constrained location; and considers the fact that children play everywhere-buildings, parks, streets, grocery stores, etc. not just where we tell them to. Very highly illustrated. No bibliography. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780070562134
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
  • Publication date: 2/1/1992
  • Pages: 186

Table of Contents

Preface
1 Structure of the Play Environment 1
What Does Play Mean to Children? 1
Few Adults Have Interest in Children's Playgrounds! 3
Insistence on Safety Inhibits Children at Play 4
Children Are the Builders of Our Future 5
Importance of Research and Design for Play 6
Four Elements of Play Environments 7
Roles of Equipment and Space 8
Structure of Space and Equipment for Play 8
2 Theory and Design of Play Structures and Playgrounds 11
Role of Play Structures 11
Development Stages of Play on Play Structures 12
Initiation of Games on Play Structures 13
Circular Play Systems 19
Development of the Design of Play Structures 20
Giant Play Structures 20
Circular Play Structures 38
Community Play Structures 49
Environment Discovery Play Structures 64
Design of Roads for Children 81
Conditions for Playgrounds 89
Spatial Composition of Playgrounds 91
Play Structures and Open Space 93
3 Theory and Design of "Parks" and Architecture for Children 97
Six Types of Spaces as Play Environments for Children 97
Nature Spaces 97
Open Spaces 97
Road Spaces 97
Adventure Spaces 98
Hideout Spaces 98
Play Structure Spaces 98
Four Types of "Parks" for Children 98
"Parks" for Enjoyment of Dizziness 98
"Parks" for Enjoyment of Nature 99
"Parks" for Enjoyment of Stories 99
"Parks" for Enjoyment of Discovery and Experience 99
Space for Children 115
Kishakozo 118
Houses for Children 118
House at Kataseyama 120
Banana House 120
House at Yamato 125
Onoba Housing Estate in Akita 125
Sueyoshi Riverside Terrace 128
Tomishiro Townhouse 129
Architecture for Children 129
"Earth Architecture" 130
Theater Architecture 131
Circular Play Architecture 132
Postscript 179
Index 181
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