Tuesday, July 5, 2011

The 2011 PLAY SPACE DESIGN CHALLENGE: Everything You Need to Know



The 2011 PLAY SPACE DESIGN CHALLENGE

PlayUniversal Co is a social enterprise that promotes the importance of play for children in the Philippines. PlayUniversal Co is inviting designers of all types from around the Philippines to join the 2011 PLAY SPACE DESIGN CHALLENGE to design play spaces that will give a sense of wonder and fun so strong that this will entice children to play more.

It has been noted that children are sitting in front of an electronic screen more because watching television or playing computer games is winning out over playing outdoors. Not to mention that most play spaces are becoming less exciting since they are starting to look just like any other playground. Cost is also an issue. Most of the materials now are using items that are too expensive and are beyond reach of the general public.

The time to change is now.

With Filipinos’ creativity and ingenuity, there is reason to believe that we can convert spaces into exciting play areas using easily found materials and incorporating manufactured equipment.”

What are we looking for?


Creative and inspiring play space design for a 100 sqm of flat area, either indoor or
outdoor.

The 2011 PLAY SPACE DESIGN CHALLENGE should be playable, innovative, durable, feasible, safe, and inspire movement.

The 2011 PLAY SPACE DESIGN CHALLENGE should use easily found items and can easily be installed.

Who are we looking for?

For the The 2011 PLAY SPACE DESIGN CHALLENGE, PlayUniversal Co is looking for Designers – from students to professionals – who have the passion to create an
inspiring area for children. This is wide open to creative people young and old
because great ideas can come from the most interesting places. Children are open
to submit their designs – accompanied by an adult adviser.

What are the criteria?

It should be Playable : Playable is the capability of the design to foster and contain positive immediate meaningful experiences of the child and the space that will bring
about fun.

It should be Innovative: Innovation is the creation of e meaningful play experiences,
emphasizing free play, exploration and collaboration within a 100-sqm space.

It should be Durable: It is important that consideration be given to making sure that
the play space will last over time, taking into consideration the combination of rains and heat can affect the longevity of materials.

It should be Feasible: Although innovation and creativity are cornerstones to what
we want to achieve with this competition, we need to be able to build whatever is
designed.

It should be Safe: The winning entry will be safe taking into consideration child
development stages and eliminate serious injury. Please visit our partner website
http://www.playgroundideas.org/content/basic-page/basic-safety-guidelines for safety
guidelines.

It should inspire movement :The design should effectively motivate children to
move and to use outdoor spaces for healthy lifestyles.

Budget: A total project cost should not be over PhP 50,000.

Materials: Both from an affordability perspective and an environmental perspective,
we are really interested for teams to focus their designs using materials that are
local, sustainable and recycled.

How can one join?

The competition is open to all Filipinos. Participants must form teams of at least two members; one participant cannot be a member of more than one team.

Each team is allowed to submit only one proposal.

The competition will commence on June 15 with the submission of the initial design
by sending through playspace@playpilpinas.org. The design should be accompanied by a description – of not less than 1000 words – to explain the concept,
the inspiration, and initial drawings.

A select panel of judges will select 30 entries, which will then be invited to attend a PLAY SPACE DESIGN WORKSHOP to be conducted by Mr. JON RACECK, Managing Director of GO PLAY PROJECT (www.goplayproject.org) on 26 August 2011.

Jon Racek is an architect from the United States, currently based in Chiang Mai,
Thailand. He founded and ran an educational outreach program in the inner-city Los
Angeles, CA and acted as Design Director to a design/build organization in Boston,
MA. He also ran an award-winning architecture and design firm whose work appeared in numerous magazines including The New York Times and TIME Magazine.

Five winning designs – not exceeding PhP50, 000 each will be built initially for exhibition 21-23 in SMX, and subsequently in 5 areas to be identified by August.

The winning design will win cash prizes.
First Prize : 50,000 Cash and Trophy
Second Prize: 25,000 Cash and Trophy
Third Prize: 10,000 Cash and Trophy

The competition will have four rounds:

Round 1:
PLAY SPACE IDEA
Participating teams are required to submit a very brief play space idea, within 1000
words.

The deadline for submissions is August 15, 2011. Proposals should be written in
English and limited to 1,000 words, including a value proposition of no more than 25
words, accompanied by initial sketches.

Submissions will be screened by PLAY UNIVERSAL and its partner organizations.
30 teams will be selected for the next round.

Round 2:
PLAY SPACE DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP
Teams with the 30 best ideas will be chosen to participate in a daylong workshop on
blueprinting the place space idea.

Mr. Jon Raceck – the Managing Director of GoPLay Project along with child
development specialists will conduct the workshop. The workshop is tentatively scheduled on August 26, 2011.

All entries that make it to the workshop will be informed via email.

Round 3:
FULL PLAYSPACE PLAN

After the first workshop, all 30 teams will be asked to submit a formal, detailed plan on their play space idea not later than 10 September 2011.

The plan must be written in the prescribed format:

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Each 2011 PLAY SPACE DESIGN CHALLENGE team will submit five copies of its plan in printed hard copy.

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All entries provide construction documents and/or 3d information (images of a
physical model or digital model) with which the jury will use to judge an entry.

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PlayUniversal Co will ask the winning team to create a 3d physical model with which we will build the winning play space.

Round 4:
PLAY SPACE INSTALLATION

Teams with the 5 best play space idea and plans will then be given the fund to
produce the play space to be displayed for judging on 21-23 October 2011 in SMX
Convention Center.

The Gold, Silver and Bronze winners will receive trophies and cash prizes of PhP
50,000, 25,000 and 10,000 respectively.

About the Trainor:

Jon Racek is an architect from the United States, currently based in Chiang Mai,
Thailand. He founded and ran an educational outreach program in the inner-city Los
Angeles, CA and acted as Design Director to a design/build organization in Boston,
MA. He also ran an award-winning architecture and design firm whose work appeared in numerous magazines including The New York Times and TIME Magazine.

About the Judges:

KENNETH COBONPUE
Kenneth is an industrial designer known for his signature designs in natural fibres
and materials. Designs mainly focus on nature's forms using rattan, buri, bamboo,
and abaca. He has a long list of awards, which recently include: PRIX D’EXCELLENCE COUP DE COEUR, BLOOM EASY ARMCHAIR, SIDIM MONTREAL, May 2011, COUP DE COEUR AWARD , BLOOM EASY ARMCHAIR, Maison et Objet, Sept 2009, OUTSTANDING QUALITY and DESIGN INNOVATION AWARD, LOLAH EASY ARMCHAIR, DECOREX London, Sept 2008

HITOSHI SHIMAMURA
Hitoshi is a playworker and supervisor in a number of adventure playgrounds in and
around Tokyo for 15 years. He is also a board of the Japan Adventure Playground Association. He makes a variety of lectures, workshops and trainings for playworkers, parents, etc in China, Sweden, Germany, UK, Canada and Brazil as
well as in Japan. In 2010, he established TOKYO PLAY, the regional organisation
for play campaign and policy recommendation. He is also involved in IPA
(International Play Association ~Promoting Child’s Right to Play~) as the Regional
Vice President of East Asia.

MARCUS VEERMAN
Marcus is a teacher, counselor and ‘jack of all trades’ from Australia with 6 years
experience teaching children in the outdoors, and 4 years working with teenagers
from Handsonlearning to build classrooms and furniture for their local schools and
communities. With a focus on experiential education, mentoring and hands on
learning, Marcus landed in Thailand looking for a place to use his skills. Go Play!
began from a simple request of a principal asking for help to build a playground. After 2 years he has now designed, built and overseen the construction of 45 playgrounds and assisted others to do the same.

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