Building Trust International has once again come up with a brilliant competition that calls for creativity and ingenuity, as well as a change for a good cause. The international PLAYscapes competition challenges professional and student architects, designers, engineers, and artists to use their imagination and design skills to turn a neglected, forgotten part of a city into a playscape. The aim is to show how we can make cities fun places with opportunities for interaction and play for children and adults alike. Think you’re capable of taking on the challenge? Ask yourself what part of your city is underused, undervalued, and bypassed every day because it’s unsafe, dirty, or just so boring that no one notices it. Whether it’s New York, Canberra, Baku, or Belgrade, disused locations can be turned into creative playscapes!
You’re only limited by your imagination. The crazier and the more interactive the playscape is, the better! The idea is to reintegrate activity into areas that have lost their use through urban evolution, but are valuable areas to people who are stressed by daily city life and who have fewer and fewer green and play/chill spaces. Your playscape can be anything: a skate park, theme park, graffiti zone, parkour course, interactive landscape, water playground. Just PLAY around with it and come up with the most innovating ideas for the win! (Click image below to enlarge)
Why PLAYscapes? Because play and sports are good for you! And because children and the elderly are in dire need of play, especially in our era of technology, speed, and stressed-out lifestyles. Some of the many reasons that Building Trust International gives us are: “To encourage and reward design excellence at a small scale which integrates function, structure, details, and the needs of those living in urban areas.” Not only that, but to “research, respond to, and highlight the unique aspects of designing public places through consideration of contextual and environmental factors and encourage the employment of sustainable design in all aspects of the proposal.”
The opportunity? Building Trust international will work alongside competition partners, local government, and community groups to seek funding and planning for the winning design. Among considerations are climate, safety, affordability, ways of stimulating the local economy, and adaptability. For more details and competition rules, check out:the PDF by clicking here or Building Trust International’s official site. So what are you waiting for? Get those thinking caps on and analyze urban spaces, get designs flowing, and don’t limit your imagination and creativity! Good luck! Important Dates: Final date for registration — 1st July 2013 Closing date for all submissions — 29th July 2013 Announcement of winners — 30th September 2013 Venue: No limits! The world around! Organizer: Building Trust International Enjoy what you’ve read! Support us and pick up one of our awesome T-shirts and hoodies today, Click the linkPublished in