1st Edition

Designing for Play Designing for Play

By Barbara Hendrickson Copyright 2001

    This title was first published in 2001. Architects, landscape designers, builders, gardeners and teachers have all at some time been called upon to design a play area. However, this diversity of profession has not resulted in a diversity of design solution, as playgrounds appear to have remained virtually the same throughout the world since their creation over a century ago. This text is not a "how-to" book, instead, by using thinking from child development and child psychology, Barbara Hendricks hopes to offer an approach to finding an innovative design solution that will challenge the established notions of play provision. This book, covering sociological, environmental and design issues, provides designers with an exploration of, and a guide to, designing from a "Child's eye" view of the world.

    Foreword, Acknowledgements, 1 Designing for Play,  2 People Play, 3 History of the Play Yard - not a design story,  4 Design and Aesthetics - in relationship to play, 5 Society’s Criteria, 6 Children’s Criteria, 7 Designer’s Criteria ,8 A Balancing Act - putting it all together, 9 Play Yards with Early Childhood Institutions, 10 Play Areas at Public Parks - unsupervised, 11 Designing for Play at School, 12 Green Children and other Trends in Playgrounds, 13 Magic in the Play Area, 14 Playing with the Future, Appendix 1 Guidelines for Layout of Playgrounds, Appendix 2 Useful Play Organisations and Contacts Appendix 3 Safety Guidelines and Standards for Playground. 


    Barbara Hedricks