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Play is a critically important avenue for social,
cultural, affective, physical and mental development...
Jean Piaget
What's New with Z614-20

This is the sixth edition of CSA Z614,Children’s playground equipment and surfacing. It supersedes the previous editions, published in 2014, 2007, 2003, 1998, and 1990 under the title Children’s playspaces and equipment. Changes to this edition include the following: a) added a clause and supporting Annex J to allow for new play components that might […]

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28/04/2020
Sazanami-no-mori

Excerpt from Machi-hoiku and Satoyama published in Paysage 2020 (The Annual Review of the Association of Landscape Architects of Quebec) Sazanami-no-mori Kindergarten HIGASHIHIROSHIMA — HIROSHIMA Design VariousCompleted 1979-2017Size - 7500 sqmSchool grounds Several buildings with courtyards, constituting a rural campus Located in an agricultural area just outside the city of Hiroshima, Sazanami-no-mori is a campus […]

28/04/2020
Machi-hoiku & Satoyama

Machi-Hoiku街保育and Satoyama里山 Excerpt from Machi-hoiku and Satoyama, Paysage 2020 (The Annual Review of the Association of Landscape Architects of Quebec) Globally, there is a strong push to improve early childhood education spaces. Japan in particular seems to be at the forefront of this momentum. In recent years, I have had the chance to visit a […]

28/04/2020
Sumire

Excerpt from Machi-hoiku and Satoyama published in Paysage 2020 (The Annual Review of the Association of Landscape Architects of Quebec) Akishima Sumire Kindergarten AKISHIMA — TOKYODesign Environmental Design Institute Completed 2011 Size - 2500 m2 School grounds Integrated buildings, playground and vegetable garden Located in a residential area of a Tokyo suburb, this kindergarten consists of eight small […]

30/03/2020
Thermal Comfort

The thermal comfort, that is comfort with ambient temperatures and microclimatic conditions, of children and their guardians is a major factor in how play spaces are used and experienced. A space’s microclimatic conditions (sun exposure, air movement, humidity and temperature) affect thermal comfort. It is a good idea to assess existing play spaces and plan […]

24/03/2008
Fall Height Criteria

Falls from play equipment are a major cause of playground injuries. For that reason, the CSA Standard Z614 specifies criteria for surrounding the base of playground equipment with impact-absorbing materials. The most common materials are wood fibre and synthetic rubber surfacing. The test procedure the CSA Standard references uses a Triax which is an electronic […]

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