M.Urb.Des: Course

Studio 03

Appel Noa, Arch., Semester 1, Wednesday, 13:15-20:30
Rosenberg Elissa, Prof., Semester 1, Wednesday, 13:15-20:30
sela wiener adi, Semester 1, Wednesday, 13:15-20:30
Playgrounds, which seem to be an integral part of our urban environments, are a relatively new invention. In the 18th and 19th century, children used to play in empty urban lots. The development of designated areas and facilities for play was brought about by the industrial development. The awareness to designing for kids is a relatively nascent concept as well, and has greatly advanced post WWII. Although since then the creation of sufficient outdoor learning and play environments for children has become a standard around the world, it often seems that playgrounds have become sites in which off-the-shelf play kits are assembled in some variation or another. Rarely is the appearance or concept of these playgrounds challenged or seen as a wider part of urban educational infrastructure, or as means of significant urban design. This is particularly significant in Jerusalem- a home to particularly large number of children, many of whom are poor. A city of religious and cultural icons and a place where the playgrounds, similarly to its other public spaces, can become significant city landmarks and inspiring places. The studio will be a collaboration with the municipality and with will involve the public. The aim is to develop several playgrounds across the city with the local communities, and the municipality intends to execute the design upon completion. The studio will hence combine a multi layered approach to the topic- and involve community, urban, landscape and educational aspects, as well as the development of the concepts into a detailed design.