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Play Space Design Competition Now Accepting Applications

November 6, 2015

The Community Design Collaborative, in partnership with the Delaware Valley Association for the Education of Young Children (DVAEYC), has opened registration for an international design competition as part of its Play Space initiative. Teams will create plans for an outdoor play space at one of the three locations—a public school, a library, and a recreation center. The stated goals of the competition are to:

  •       Explore the role of design in revitalizing underutilized public open spaces serving children.
  •       Challenge everyone to think differently about playgrounds, parks and other public open                   spaces; Challenge traditional playground designs and concepts.
  •       Assist institutions that serve children and families by demonstrating how outdoor play spaces         can be designed to support early childhood development and learning.
  •       Promote investment in learning-oriented outdoor play spaces in Philadelphia while advancing       the process and implementation for three real-life sites which may act as prototypes for similar         sites throughout the city.
  •       Recognize innovation and creativity in the design of public outdoor space for children.

Teams can register at here until November 30, and are encouraged to include both designers and education and/or child care professionals. Play Space is part of the Community Design Collaborative’s ongoing Infill Philadelphia, a design-centered initiative created to find solutions to key community development challenges in Philadelphia and other cities. The 18-month initiative explores ways that innovative play space helps both children and communities grow.

Learn more about Play Space and register for the Play Space competition by November 30.

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