To define playground in a larger context by exploring topics such as types of

To define playground in a larger context by exploring

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To define playground in a larger context by exploring topics such as types of play spaces, environmental issues, materials, connections, integration and play for varying age groups. To explore the intellectual, organizational, and architectural models available around the world as resources for Manitoba specific approaches. To synthesize these findings into guidelines for the process of creating innovative and meaningful playgrounds in Manitoba. Innovative Play Structures Research Project August, 2001 Page 3
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1.3 Research Methods The process of information gathering for this project included the following: Literature Review Searching out all current publications in fields such as sociology, psychology, planning and environmental design for research findings and case studies relevant to this topic. Internet Search Searching for: current playground designers, manufacturers, auditors and their approach to play space design; current civic and community programs or groups dedicated to the development of better playgrounds; and current research initiatives, their process and their findings. Local Search Using local resources such as the Universal Design Institute, the Faculty of Landscape Architecture, University of Manitoba, and the Health Sciences Centre to research accessibility, safety and materials. Innovative Play Structures Research Project August, 2001 Page 4
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1.4 Research Analysis Analysis and synthesis of the data gathered included the following: Examination and categorization of raw data into a comprehensive appendix resource provided as a companion document to this report. Assessment of information gathered based on the goals and objectives of the project. Identification of comparative models or examples, design trends, assessment tools, available play alternatives. Organization of findings based on direct comparison to current Manitoba trends and conditions. Preparation of guidelines and recommendations for achieving innovative and meaningful playgrounds in Manitoba. 1.5 Research Organization This report is divided into the following sections: The Current Status of Play & Playgrounds Innovative Playgrounds: Definitions & Findings Innovative Playgrounds: Recommendations & Conclusions Innovative Play Structures Research Project August, 2001 Page 5
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2.0 THE CURRENT STATUS OF PLAY & PLAYGROUNDS 2.1 Defining Play in the Environment Play is something we all understand instinctively as a crucial part of our childhood years and even our adult life. But, although we understand play on a personal level, the definition of play on a more quantifiable level in relationship to designing play environments should be explored. Lady Allen of Hurtwood wrote in her 1974 book, Planning for Play : When we think of play opportunities for all ages we should never forget that play is not a passive occupation. For children and young people it is an extension of their desire to make their own discoveries in their own time and at their own pace (p. 2).
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