Landscape Architect & Specifier News

SEP 2017

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vacant most of the day, and certainly manufacturers have identified the benefit of social media play by designing play structures that incorporate technology to program play on structures. But this isn't enough if children no longer seek to play on their playground equipment and would much rather play in a small microcosm of a replication of their home environments. In 1999, there was no internet and virtual reality play stations were just coming out. The trend showing in the results of the Norgate research is a shift in how children do not engage with nature, even though the culture of the predominantly adult society wishes it were so. Using metaphors of the heart, body, mind and human spirit for programming both space and activities, the Norgate Community Elementary School is striving to recreate an outdoor learning classroom that is cross-cultural, integrative and interactive with natural learning play, supporting the children's experiential learning and environmental education. 104 Landscape Architect and Specifier News I n f o r m a t i o n R e q u e s t # 5 2 9 I n f o r m a t i o n R e q u e s t # 5 4 3 In the dioramas the children created boundaries and added fish, frog ponds, lazy rivers, water slides, plunge pools and some trees, including ones to climb. There were also passive elements like sofas, hammocks, bookshelves, computer station, fireplace, TVs, etc. Continued from page 20 p l a y g ro u n d

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