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Document Type Master's Dissertation
Author Meyer, Elize
Email meyer_elize@yahoo.com
URN etd-12012011-084510
Document Title Playscape : a natural playground in Sunnyside
Degree ML(Prof)
Department Architecture
Supervisor
Advisor Name Title
Ms I Breed Committee Chair
Keywords
  • physical and cognitive development
  • natural
  • high-density residential area
  • playscape
  • socio-emotional
Date 2012-04-23
Availability unrestricted
Abstract
Quality play is fundamental to the healthy development of a child. Children living in high-density residential areas in Pretoria are deprived of necessary play experiences, due to the nature of the existing playgrounds.

This dissertation investigates how a playscape (natural playground) can be designed in such a way as to facilitate the social, emotional, cognitive and physical development of children.

The research argues that quality play is possible when children have loose parts to play with, and are able to manipulate their environment. Playing in more natural areas offers a host of physical and psychological health benefits for children.

A playscape is therefore proposed in the high-density residential area of Sunnyside in Pretoria along the Walker Spruit, to serve the play needs of the children in the area, incorporating a toy library and other economic initiatives. The design solution aims at creating a safe park which would be used by all members of the public, not only children. The proposal shows that employing natural materials in a play area could provide healthy, stimulating play opportunities for children.

Copyright 2011, University of Pretoria. All rights reserved. The copyright in this work vests in the University of Pretoria. No part of this work may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, without the prior written permission of the University of Pretoria

Please cite as follows:

Meyer, E 2011, Playscape : a natural playground in Sunnyside, ML(Prof) dissertation, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, viewed yymmdd < http://upetd.up.ac.za/thesis/available/etd-12012011-084510 / >

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