Redefining the stereotypical playground : a park design for New Bremen, Ohio

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dc.contributor.advisor Hunt, Martha A.
dc.contributor.advisor Marlow, Christopher M.
dc.contributor.advisor Motloch, John L.
dc.contributor.advisor Yigit-Turan, Burcu Borkowski, Andrea M. en_US 2013-02-15T16:43:44Z 2013-02-15T16:43:44Z 2011 en_US 2011
dc.identifier Computer Disk C2227 en_US
dc.description.abstract This project examined the current formula for playground design and redefined how we view spaces for play. It exemplified that a playground can become more than simply the overused scene of manufactured elements grouped together atop a bed of mulch. Though playground design has evolved over the years from being a place for only the elite to a common element of public parks, little has changed since the early twentieth century. By recognizing that there are still great opportunities to take hold of in terms of designing for play, we can create more suitable spaces for the children of today. Significantly changing the way we approach playground design allows for better spaces that enhance creativity and spark imagination in children of all ages. The project exemplified this concept through the design of a park in New Bremen, Ohio. It took a previously underutilized space, located in the heart of the village, and transformed it into an imaginative playspace for all to enjoy. As children slide, swing, run, climb, explore, and laugh amidst the redesigned green space, businesses and nearby properties relish in the economic benefits it brings to the community. The designer’s knowledge of the psychology of play and its importance in children’s lives was evident as play elements and spaces directly cater to its young users. Furthermore, as New Bremen’s dynamic history and rich culture was incorporated into the design, visitors undoubtedly recognize that this unique playspace was designed solely for them. New Bremen’s new playspace serves as the frontrunner for the new wave of innovative playground design. Not only does it provide others with an example of the limitless possibilities we have yet to discover in terms of designing for play, but it also provides the New Bremen community with a valuable, one-of-akind asset that fosters community and creates identity.
dc.description.sponsorship College of Architecture and Planning
dc.format.extent 1 CD-ROM en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Landscape architecture. en_US
dc.title Redefining the stereotypical playground : a park design for New Bremen, Ohio en_US
dc.type Undergraduate 5th year College of Architecture and Planning thesis.
dc.description.notes Title on CD-ROM: Redefining the playground. Thesis (B.L.A.)
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