The importance of connecting children with nature has dramatically increased over the last generation. Children in modern urban environments no longer play freely outside, all over the neighbourhood and beyond. Today children's scheduled lives often incorporate sendentary downtime. The implications relate to both physical and mental health. Access to public natural playspaces where children can learn a myriad of life skills through play is the responsibility of today's adults. More importantly however, is the provision of playspaces that appeal to children. This presentation explores the essential features of playspaces and illustrates why so many public playgrounds are devoid of children.
Lecturer, Design and Social Context Portfolio, RMIT University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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