publication . Article . 2013

Exploring the Relationship between Design Approach and Play Value of Outoodr Play Spaces

Woolley, H.; Lowe, A.;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 Jan 2013
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Country: United Kingdom
Abstract
This paper reports research that explores the relationship between approaches to the ‘design’ of outdoor play spaces and the play value of these spaces. The paper starts by explaining that there is an assumption that an outdoor space in the Kit, Fence, Carpet (KFC) style provides fewer opportunities for play than spaces designed in a more natural way. To test this hypothesis an evaluation tool is developed that draws upon a range of academic literature. The tool includes three dimensions of Play Value, Physical Characteristics of the site and the Environmental Characteristics of the site. This tool was tested on 10 sites in the East Midlands in England. The resu...

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