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Very proud be one of the winners of the UNHCR urban refugee children innovation award! My approach is a combination of a participation process - integrating diverse groups from the refugee and the host community - with my pedagogically substantiated design. Winning the innovation award has lead to presentations for UNHCR, Save the Children and UNICEF in Lebanon. In case you are interested in the approach to co-create, co-design and co-construct public spaces, send me an email at info@makespace4play.com. 

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Training the Right to Play field facilitators and project coordinators in Rwanda, who will train the teachers in giving the workshops 'Design Your Own Playspace' at 25 Rwandese schools.

These workshops are part of the Power of Play Project for Right to Play and Jantje Beton, founded by Nationale Postcode Loterij Nederland.

  

What a great group of architects I have been training in Rwanda. Playscapes for children by children.

These architects will support the children in their own play area design during the first cycle of 5 schools improving their playground in Rwanda.

2019 an 2020: twenty more schools to go:)

#Co-design, #Co-construct, #Child centered design, #inspiration, #Safety at playgrounds

 

Happy to have contributed in the Handbook for inclusive design, for the great Non-profit organization  www.playground-ideas.org. This organisation is an open resource for hands on information on how to design a playground. Have been interviewed for this manual, quotes included:)

Inclusive-Design-Manual

 

Inclusive Design Manual

Designing inclusive playgrounds for children of all abilities requires more than simply adding in handicap-accessible elements. A truly inclusive playground facilitates meaningful interactions between children of different abilities and provides opportunities for challenge, healthy risk and mastery for all children. Deepen your understanding of inclusive design philosophy, and learn strategies for designing playgrounds that welcome and celebrate the unique abilities of all children.

The school's childrren are so happy they are playing on a green schoolyard, which is based on what THEY wanted! Proud to have designed this.

It still needs to grown, but it s working well! The WADI, the NATURAL AGE-BARRIER, THE HIDING PLACES, THE OUTDOOR CLASS, THE NATURAL BORDERS/SEATS, the hazelnutbushes, the hill, the secret places, the waterpump ...

Please enjoy the  pictures here

For the project The Power of Play (Right to Play & Jantje Beton) 25 schools in Rwanda will follow an intensive 8 week (weekly) workshop program to improve their own play areas.

In the workshop children will be in charge of the whole design process: involve other schoolc hildren, involve the community, analyse and map the playground, suggest improvements, re-design their play area ,design and even build the play elements.

Together with Jantje Beton and Right to Play Rwanda, we are developing the teachers and students manual for the workshop program of 8 weeks.  In september 2017 we will refine the program and set up the Train the teachers manuals.  We will train the Rwandese trainers (how to train the teachers, how to succesfully give the workshops) in November in Kigali.

 

For the project The Power of Play (Right to Play & Jantje Beton) 50 schools in The Netherlands and in Rwanda will follow a workshop program in which children will create new toys by upcycling other elements.

By introduncing all different types of play to the children, with triggering questions, mindbroadening pictures, we challenge the children to tap into their creativity to thinking further than standard upcycled toys.

In the workshop children will be triggered to invent, design, create, construct, build new play materials out of recycled materials. The Rwandese children and the Dutch children will inspire each other what they have created by their own instruction videos showing what they have created.

Together with Jantje Beton and Right to Play Rwanda, we are developing the teachers and students manual for the workshop program.  In september 2017 we will refine the program and set up the Train the teachers manuals.  We will train the Rwandese trainers (how to train the teachers, how to succesfully give the workshops) in November in Kigali.

Enjoying thoroughly to design 3 green schoolyards in Amsterdam Noord, all completely different. The improvements are based on re-use of existing materials, de-paving the play area, integration of greenery and natural play. For me the diversity of play is a central aspect, ensuring joy for all different types of children!

Just a few design-teasers in Dutch: Plukstraten, struinroutes, modderkeukens, springplatforms, voel- en geurbakken, wuivende grassen,  hazelaar verstop bosjes,

vlindertuin, regenpijp naar regentegels naar plantvak, klauterparcours, buitenklassen, wilgenjungle, zen-keien, boomvlonders ....

 

 

Creation of the playing-plan for the Frans Hals area, including the design of 2 playgrounds, and the design of special pavings to distinguish the playing trottoirs in the area.

Integrating the concept of HOFJES ("courtdwellings") with "keyring", a framework for (in)formal neighboorhood care!

OUR PRICEWINNING SUBMISSION

Together with architect Peter van Assche (bureau SLA), care-expert Bart Lammers (bureau Ruyterveer ) and Kirsten Hannema, we have submitted to the competition WHO CARES. The competition asked for innovative ideas integrating solutions for the urgent social problem ( the growing demand for care at home from both professionals and volunteers) into the existing physical built environment. We won with our idea which is based on Peter's book 'handboek voor hedendaagse hofjes'  and Bart's concept of 'Burenbond'. We are proud we have been chosen (only 20 out of 176) to improve and extend our concept. I am part of the team as a designer of public space, integrating needs and wishes to make the public space working for all, young & old