Our participatory and collaborative approach forms the base of Co-Creating Playscapes
We believe in the power of communities to fully make use of community resources, contribute, financially or in workforce, knowledge and experience.
We conduct theoretical and applied research in the urban and architectural field, the impact of the physical environment to social and pedagogical behaviour and vice versa.
We share our knowledge and experience and are inspired by these interactions. Varying from hands-on workshops for students and professionals, presentations on international conferences, teaching at university and in primary schools, training architects, and training the trainers.
Co-design and Co-build Projects
We co-design and co-build projects, involving children, youth and their communities, in different situations. For example with refugee communities and their host communities; in formal and informal settlements; at schools and in entire neighbourhoods; in temporary and permanent settlements.
We advise governmental entities, (social) entreprises, or Non Governmental, formal or informal organisations on their policy and implementation regarding a more child friendly (physical) environment.
Map the current culture of play within a neighbourhood or city. Analyse current play policies. Community guided tours, behavioural and risk mapping. Research studies and urban analysis of the social, historical and physical features of the location.
Each project is based on participatory workshops using tailored tools and methods.
Co-design is a way to build dialogues during the participatory sessions with children and their community, helping us to understand the underlying needs and involve the beneficiaries in the design process.
The Co-construction empowers the collaborating children, youth and craftsmen, and creates a sense of ownership.
Sharing knowledge to raise awareness
Via lectures, workshops, publications and seminars – Kroatia, Spain, Tunis, Korea, Netherlands, Egypt, Belgium and online – we share our knowledge & experiences, to raise awareness and advocate for the universal right to play.
Consulting services: child friendly environments
- Consulting services including need assessment, current culture of play, feasibility studies, and monitoring and Evaluation studies.
- Support Support organizations, entities and individuals who strive for child friendly environments.
Design and offer play elements
We do study, develop and implement playful urban design elements within the city.
Education of professionals
Teaching Participatory design and child centred design to professionals who are in contact with children and local communities.
1. Life skills
Children gain important life skills and 21st century skills through our projects process, in particular during co-building phase.
Participatory workshops increase mutual understanding and empathy between different groups.
3 . ownership
The community resources -”knowledge and skills”- are mobilized, resulting in ownership over the place.
We develop tailored solutions
and instruments for each unique project
We have developed a method including the following steps in our projects. Each context is unique, so we tailored our design methods to different contexts and situations.