Landscape Architect & Specifier News

JUN 2017

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with educators from over 10 countries. At this conference, the group toured the infant/ toddler and preschools of Reggio Emilia, spent time with the teachers and children, participated in discussion groups and viewed documents at the Loris Malaguzzi Center. The CDC understands it cannot replicate the Reggio Emilia system, as it is exclusive to that culture, however, it does start with the construct that "children are individuals and their individual differences must be acknowledged and accepted." Further, that "children construct their own knowledge through exploration, experimentation, hands- on activities and opportunities to collaborate with other children and their teachers." The Learning Playground The CDC has an outdoor playground designed to physically capture, encompass and express the school's fabric for learning. The outdoor space is a result of the collaboration amongst the center's teachers, the children and the architectural team. Design inspiration came from the Reggio Emilia approach, which "values the child as strong, capable and resilient; rich with wonder and knowledge. Every child brings with them deep curiosity and potential and this innate curiosity drives their interest to understand their world and their place." After intensive dialogue among the design team and the client, a design concept was created that spoke to the client's value of respecting the rights of children by enriching the identity of their space. "…The child has a hundred languages, a hundred hands, a hundred thoughts, a hundred ways of thinking of playing, of speaking . . ." —Excerpt from Loris Malaguzzi's "One Hundred Languages" Below: The "Forest Play Area" features a Landscape Structures tree house inspired by the Ponce Preserve's maritime forest at Ponce Inlet, Fla. Play elements include log steppers and a log balance beam. There is also a cleanup station (bottom) and architectural patterned security fencing. The students are encouraged to make noise here with bamboo and metal chimes, gongs, cowbells, sleigh bells and even pots and pans. June 2017 31

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