Being in love was like China: youknew it was there, and no doubt itwas very interesting, and somepeople went there, but I neverwould... and then someone passedme a bit of some sweet stuff, andsuddenly I realized that I had beento China. So to speak. And Idforgotten it.- Dr Malone in The Amber Spyglass, Philip Pullman
"The adult public transcript is to makechildren progress, the adult privatetranscript is to deny their sexual andaggressive impulses;the child public transcript is to be successfulas family members and schoolchildren, andtheir private or hidden transcript is theirplay life, in which they can express boththeir special identity and their resentmentsat being a captive population."Brian Sutton-Smith, The Ambiguity of Play
SUCCESSFUL PLAY SPACES:• are ‘bespoke’• well located• make use of natural elements• provide a wide range of play experiences• are accessible to both disabled and non-disabled childrenmeet community needs• allow children of different ages to play together• build in opportunities to experience risk and challenge aresustainable and appropriately maintained• allow for change and evolutionFrom Public Space Lessons: Designing for Play (Shackell et al, 2008: 13)
"When I became a man I put awaychildish things, including the fear ofchildishness and the desire to bevery grown up." - CS Lewis
“We can and should build a bridgeof sorts, and that this bridge neednot lead inexorably to the land ofchildren being colonised byinvaders from the land ofadulthood (even if this remains adanger).”- Chris Philo
CHOOSE A PRODUCT.1. Kids sneakers2. A chain of family-friendly restaurants3. A targeted PSA4. A redesign of the Trapper Keeper5. Interior of a minivan/station wagon
CONSULT YOUR PLAYMAPS.USE YOUR PLAYMAP TO TEASEOUT NARRATIVE FOR YOURPRODUCT.
“It takes long practice, yes. You haveto work. Did you think you couldsnap your fingers, and have it as agift? What is worth having is worthworking for.”- The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman
ALL IMAGES ARE BY DICKERSON ORDURRELL WITH THE EXCEPTION OF:Captain Underpants & Mr. Krupp (Dav Pilkey, www.fanpop.com)Captain Underpants costume (www.coolesthomemadecostumes.com)Imagination Playground (www.stayathomedaddyfor2)Kids getting muddy (www.loveoutdoorplay.net)Dens (www.rethinkingchildhood.org)wabi-sabi tattoo (Jack Cheng, www.tattly.com)wabi-sabi tea bowl (found at www.glazedoverpottery.tumblr.com)Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind screenshot
BEN DURRELLinfo@bendurrell.comwww.bendurrell.comMEGAN DICKERSONmegan@takeplayseriously.orgwww.takeplayseriously.org
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