For young ones, sometimes the easiest objects—like a cardboard box or a spoon—can make for the very best toys, particularly when resources are limited. In Amman, Jordan, where public parks are few, 2 architects Sarah Abdul Majid and Sandra Hiari designed what is essentially a modular wooden box to address the necessity for street furniture and playgrounds for children.
Called Playscapes, the simple, low-cost system is formed by flat, machine-cut modules like pallets that stack or can otherwise be joined together through wooden rods. This versatility makes assembling an random jungle gymnasium, cubby house, planter, or outdoor seating, for example , simple. The temporary structures are sturdy enough to be climbed, and may easily disassembled and transported.
Although the architects conceived of Playscapes for the local community, they’ve received interest for the project outside of it as well: “This is an proven fact that can be implemented in refugee camps since it is a thing that is temporary and can be easily come up with, ” Majid told Dezeen.
Indeed, the easy-to-assemble (and ship) blocks can be used to activate vacant spaces, transforming them into places of play and community gathering. Playscapes can even be scaled down to be utilized at schools and nurseries.
Majid was inspired by her work on the Amman 2025 master arrange for the Greater Amman Municipality (through which she met Hiari) to implement ideas through grassroots efforts rather than through formal channels. These “small urban interventions” have made all the huge difference.
Playscapes debuted at Amman Design Week in October 2017, and the duo has recently received a few orders. For more information, head to Dezeen.
Via : Dezeen