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Designing for Play

by Barbara E. Hendricks

Part of the Design and the Built Environment Series

Designing for Play Synopsis

Architects, landscape designers, builders, gardeners and teachers have all at some time been called upon to design a play area. Unfortunately, this diversity has not resulted in a similar diversity of design solutions for this very problematic task. Despite a proliferation of 'how to' books on this subject, playgrounds have remained virtually the same throughout the world since their creation over a century ago. This is not a 'how to' design book. Instead, based on thirty years' experience as a specialist play area designer, Barbara Hendricks details a radically new approach, applying cutting-edge thinking from child development and child psychology to find innovative design solutions, challenging the established notions of play provision. Covering key sociological, public policy, environmental and design issues, this book provides designers with an exploration of and guide to, designing from a 'child's eye' view of the world. Beautifully crafted and copiously illustrated with numerous examples of recently designed playgrounds, this book is not only stimulating and informative, but fun to read and seriously playful in itself. This second edition brings the text up to date from 2001 to 2010 with added discussion about new ideas for play area designs and what has not worked in the past decade.

Designing for Play Press Reviews

'This is a fascinating and enlightening book for those who have any input into the provision or design of children's play areas, whatever their discipline.' Garden Design Journal

Book Information

ISBN: 9781409409366
Publication date: 20th July 2011
Author: Barbara E. Hendricks
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing Limited an imprint of Taylor & Francis Ltd
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 260 pages
Categories: Architectural structure & design, City & town planning - architectural aspects, Sociology: sport & leisure, Regional & area planning,

About Barbara E. Hendricks

Barbara E. Hendricks, Play Environment Designer, currently owns and operates her own design firm and serves as a consultant to several international companies which manufacture play items.

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