Children’s Playgrounds: There’s More to Them Than Meets the Eye

While children have always played, playgrounds only emerged as an urban institution in the early 1900s. Over the past century, the evolution of these structures has reflected key perspectives about human nature and society. What do playgrounds tell us about our values and interests? What are the implications for children’s health and development?
  • Rebecca Gibbons, Public Health; Amalie Lambert, School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture
    Coach House, Green College, UBC
    Monday, November 2, 8-9 pm
    in the series
    Green College Resident Members' Series
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  • Plastic structures, rubber matting, safety standards—the modern child’s play space.

    While children have always played, playgrounds only emerged as an urban institution in the early 1900s. Over the past century, the evolution of these structures has reflected key perspectives about human nature and society. What do playgrounds tell us about our values and interests? What are the implications for children’s health and development?

    This panel will discuss Canadian playground policies, current research at UBC that challenges these policies, and an alternate model—Adventure Playgrounds in the UK.

    Where do you play?

    Rebecca Gibbons is a Master in Public Health student. She was a part of a research team that looked at the relationship between risky outdoor play and health. Last year, she was a “bubble-wrapped” child for Halloween and enjoyed doing log rolls on the dance floor.

    Amalie Lambert is a M.Arch student at the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture at UBC. She has worked in the management and design of playgrounds, and occasionally falls off her bicycle.
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  • Unless otherwise noted, all of our lectures are free to attend and do not require registration.

 

When
November 2nd, 2015 9:00 PM   through   9:00 PM
Location
Coach House
6201 Cecil Green Park Rd
Green College, UBC
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1
Canada
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