3. CO-CONSTRUCT &
Space for Play turns spaces into community places for all. Creating places for children and their community to play, to move, to learn, and to meet. But this is not a one-man job. We always design together with children and their community, with local key-players and architects.
Our approach reflects this:
- Co-Learn: We start with a tailor-made participatory process to uncover the needs, dreams and fears, from children and their community. In schools we give climate classes and help teachers in linking their educational vision to the outdoor space.
- Co-design: The Co-design sessions with kids, parents and community organizers are a key ingredient in our design process. We take all input seriously, resulting in innovative solutions and designs, embraced by the community.
- Co-construct: In the co-construction workshops the community is involved in actually building their space for play. Empowerment and ownership guaranteed.
- Co-maintain: How do we involve children in the maintenance process after a schoolyard is completed? How do we take children along in taking care of the plants & shrubs, and protecting them? How do we stimulate the magic of being wondered by little insects, seeds or butterflies? If the green surrounding is not integrated within their teaching program, children tend to ignore or even demolish the greenery. Each (pre-)school with a green schoolyard we designed, gets a set of NATURE-HEROES program! With cool caps, a treasure box and a poster in class. Each week 2 other nature heroes will search, wonder, share, care and protect nature.
That is our promise: our green schoolyards work! It’s only by working together that we can make spaces for play that work for ALL.
Designing great green spaces for play requires teamwork, all projects are done in collaboration with diverse dedicated experts:
Where we work
All projects are done in collaboration with diverse dedicated experts. When designing and implementing abroad, strong collaboration with local partners is essential for a sustainable successful result.
Organisations who give Space for Play the opportunity to co-create play spaces worldwide.