Rose Meredith

In-depth research highlighted a need for incorporating safe risk into play spaces, an element of play that is often unsatisfied. A key issue is that adults and guardians will terminate play because they have concerns for children’s safety but by not encouraging or providing for risky play, children seem to find other ways to satisfy their demand for uncertainty. These activities tend to be inherently more dangerous because they are uncontrolled.
This research driven project aims to inspire designers to think outside the current boundaries of creating children’s play spaces, focusing on adapting the layout, environment and forms. The set produced incorporates a range of forms and materials that designers and councils can manipulate and assess. The intent of this set is to encourage a better relationship between play spaces and natural surroundings, less parental involvement during play and in-depth consideration of play values.

Initial research suggested that risk in play was neglected in outdoor play spaces. Using in-depth primary research to understand the balance between an environment that incorporates and encourages risk play, while considering parental and guardian concerns; this included managing sightlines in comparison to risk.

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Rose has been awarded the Evoke Creative Prize 2021.

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Initial research suggested that risk in play was neglected in outdoor play spaces. Using in-depth primary research to understand the balance between an environment that incorporates and encourages risk play, while considering parental and guardian concerns; this included managing sightlines in comparison to risk.

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