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Play is a critically important avenue for social,
cultural, affective, physical and mental development...
Jean Piaget
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 […]

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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 […]

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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