Thursday, 12 June 2008

Performance and Play Environments

During a lightening visit to the UK this week, I was really pleased to see both performance and play environments outside the striking originally designed Bull Ring Shopping Centre.
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A sandpit full of happy children, complete with deck chairs, and a small stage allows performance of all sorts for all those passing by. The tiered pedestrian routes (out of picture) also provide many opportunities for audience engagement.
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It is just so important that we create opportunities for fun and social interaction where ever possible, in a life where it is all too often missing due to the focus on functionality and value for money. There is so much more to life.
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As we design new schools, the outside learning environment is just as important and must contain spaces for social engagement, quietness, reflection, performance and fun....(The list is actually longer than this though!)
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2 comments:

duarte said...

hello,you have hier a great blog,i add in the favorites,congratulation...greetings from switzerland

Gareth Long said...

Hi Duarte

Thanks for the comment and greetings from.... this week.... the Cayman Islands.