Nadine and I joined up as we both wrote reflections from our first observation on outdoor recreational spaces – a world apart, funnily enough considering we both live here in Singapore. It allowed us a common knowledge space when commenting on each other’s reflections on a Google shared document. You can read it here. We welcome comments.

I also added more photos, and reflections on my Storify: Reflections on design – a learning journey.

The one thing we both did not consider as a problem and challenge, and which only came to me, as I was looking for further resources for design briefs after the fact, was looking at the environment and space from the viewpoint of people with disabilities. I read the article: Designing Inclusive Playspaces by Katherine Masiulanis,  who is a Senior Landscape Architect. While writing about children and playspaces, she importantly makes the distinction between the

“very wide range of impairments including physical disabilities of varying degrees, intellectual and learning issues, sensory disabilities (such as deafness, blindness or a combination of the two), and behavioural disabilities (such as autism). Interestingly, although children in wheelchairs are the ones people most often consider when thinking about accessibility this is actually the least common type of impairment, albeit perhaps one which requires most careful consideration of the physical environment. If the new playspace is to be in a public environment, it is particularly important to design for carers who may have disabilities also” (16).

Reference:

Masiulanis, K. (2014). Designing inclusive playspaces [online]. Australasian Parks and Leisure, (17, 1, Autumn). 16-19. Availability: <http://search.informit.com.au.ezproxy.csu.edu.au/documentSummary;dn=286249521074334;res=IELAPA&gt; ISSN: 1446-5604. [cited 03 Aug 15].

 

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