Site as playground: expanding the experience of play

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dc.contributor.author Melvin, Rebecca
dc.date.accessioned 2012-04-30T16:07:35Z
dc.date.available 2012-04-30T16:07:35Z
dc.date.issued 2012-04-30
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2097/13754
dc.description.abstract Encouraging creativity is an important part of a child’s education and often not adequately supported by outdoor school environments. Contemporary playgrounds are designed in response to perceptions of liability and a limited interpretation of child development. Prefabricated plastic constructions and expanses of asphalt are poor initiators of creative expression. This project proposes a more stimulating, artistically crafted alternative to the typical playground. Beginning with documented research of play, the project layers psychology, education and humanities to form an understanding of how formal space affects human experience. More specifically, poetry, land art, sculpture, narrative and character studies inform the design solution for a 6.4 acre site at Northview Elementary School in Manhattan, Kansas. Integrated design provides children a meaningful experience of space and direct contact with nature. This design encourages imaginative and creative play, expanding the experiential quality of a contemporary playground. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Kansas State University en
dc.subject Landscapes of learning en_US
dc.subject Creativity en_US
dc.subject Playground design en_US
dc.subject Experiential learning en_US
dc.subject Play en_US
dc.subject Childhood development en_US
dc.title Site as playground: expanding the experience of play en_US
dc.type Report en_US
dc.description.degree Master of Landscape Architecture en_US
dc.description.level Masters en_US
dc.description.department Department of Landscape Architecture en_US
dc.description.advisor Katie Kingery-Page en_US
dc.subject.umi Landscape Architecture (0390) en_US
dc.date.published 2012 en_US
dc.date.graduationmonth May en_US


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