A safer playground! - The scenario

Designing and dealing with a playground seems to be an easy procedure. But when it comes to the people or the "machines" that interact in this enviroment and the safety of the children, the process becomes much more complex.

Our project on the safety in a playground focuses in a schoolground and the different ways we can develope so that we increase the level of safe, based mainly on the relationship built between those who are involved in this case.

Our playground is about to host 200 children of different ages, ranging from 3 to 12 years old. Its dimensions are 50x50 (m)
and there are also 11-12 teachers supervising and taking care of the children during the game. By the details of our problem, it is obvious that if all the children are at the playground at the same time, the space allocated to each child is quite small and limited and therefore the risks are getting higher.

What we are trying to do well is indicate the interactions that take place in this case and find solutions to a safer playground.
There are four different types of interactions in our case: 1.child to child, p.e. children playing with each other, sharing food or even fighting, 2.child to adult (the teacher in our project), an interraction that indicates the supervision of the children and the imposition of discipline, 3.adult to adult, when the teachers communicate and talk with each other while supervising the kids, and 4. child to "machine", which means the interaction
developed between the child and the equipment during the use of the last.

The first step of our approach is the creation of shifts for the children. In other words, the kids will be divided into 2 groups of 100 children and each group will use the area and the equipment of the playground apart from the other according to a specific time schedule. In this way, the space which belongs
to each person is automatically bigger and as a result the danger is reduced.

Areti Bandi , Alessio Contini , Vic Van Peborgh