Designing for Play


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Contents: Foreword; Designing for play; People play; History of the play yard: not a design story; Design and aesthetics - in relationship to play; Society's criteri;: Children's criteria; Designer's criteria; A balancing act: putting it all together; Play yards with early childhood institutions; Play areas at public parks - unsupervised; Designing for play at school; Green children and other trends in playgrounds; Magic in the play area; Playing with the future; Appendices; Bibliography; Index.

About the Author

Barbara E. Hendricks, Play Environment Designer, currently owns and operates her own design firm and serves as a consultant to several international companies which manufacture play items.


A Yankee Book Peddler UK Core Title for 2011 Reviews of the First Edition: 'She interlaces her critical chapters with useful tips and "how to" guidance...The appendices offer invaluable practical information on the layout of playgrounds, safety guidelines and international standards...The style is attractively jargon-free, and the book will be of interest to anyone who is concerned about the well-being of children. It is so readable that it was sneaked away by a number of non-designers in my household...Designing for play may be a serious business. Reading about play in this book is fun, as it should be.' Times Educational Supplement ( TES book of the week, 4th May 2001) 'This is a delightful book that is full of knowledge, information and philosophical musing. A clever book, interesting to read and its breadth gives it an excitement that makes it stand out...highly recommended for practitioners, students and lecturers.' Australian Early Childhood Association 'Urban design is linked with urban quality and built environment. This is a new stimulant on the planning of playplaces in the city. An interesting analysis.' Built Environment 'For anyone who works in the field of play, this book is a delight. Hendricks writes not from a lofty and out of touch adult viewpoint but from an experientially grounded child-centred perspective and consequently there is a challenge to all of us on every other page to see life - and playgrounds in particular - through a child's eye...This is a fine and timely book and one I warmly recommend.' Local Government Studies 'This is a fascinating and enlightening book for those who have any input into the provision or design of children's play areas, whatever their discipline.' Garden Design Journal 'Hendricks challenges the ideas that have led to the boring and ugly playgrounds that are required in our residential areas. She begins by exploring the functions of play for both adults and children, and how aesthetics have a key role: they encourage play as people search for attractive and pleasant experiences, and all of the senses should be involved.' Urban Design

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