Designing Inclusive Play Experience


Play is essential to everyone, while it is often misperceived as a waste of time. Maria Montessori, who started the Montessori school in 1907, believed that play could be used for children to learn naturally and play was the work of the child. Play is unarguably vital to children's development. However, play is a necessity for all people of all ages. Well-designed play experiences can bring different benefits to the players physically, cognitively, emotionally, and socially, regardless of the players' ages and abilities. Studies show that those who continue to play even in adult life most likely live healthier, while those who ignore playing or are deprived of playing may negatively impact their lives. Inclusive playground is not a new subject, but more often than not, it is focused on providing play experiences with adjustments to play equipment to include children with disabilities. Through applied research and the development of a systematic design approach, this paper attempts to expand the inclusiveness so that the majority of people can enjoy equitable play experience regardless of their condition and age. Through research, exploration, and development of play experiences with playground equipment and site amenities, we hope that would bring benefits of play to the users. The importance of play for all will first be discussed. Then, the design approach evolved from several design classes in developing an inclusive play experience for a broader range of users through collaborating with the industry for the play and recreation market will be introduced.

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Tin-Man Lau, Auburn University, United States

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Conference: IICAH2024
Stream: Aesthetics

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Lau T. (2024) Designing Inclusive Play Experience ISSN: 2432-4604 – The IAFOR International Conference on Arts & Humanities – Hawaii 2024 Official Conference Proceedings
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