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Designing Inclusive Playscapes Across Sensorial + Socio-Spatial Boundaries

Tomlinson, Deidre (2017) Designing Inclusive Playscapes Across Sensorial + Socio-Spatial Boundaries. [MRP]

Item Type: MRP
Creators: Tomlinson, Deidre
Abstract:

Our emotional experience in public environments is considered to be superficial, although their configurations impact how well we can see, hear, move around, and interact in them daily. ‘Lonely, but not alone’ describes many of today’s urban dwellers. For some people, participation in civic life can be challenging, especially since the barriers (physical, psychological, etc.) faced by some are not always apparent to others, even to designers. This Major Research Project explores the relationship between the level of playfulness expressed in an urban space and user experience. Along with case study investigations and the Delphi method, 42 citizens (estimated to be 21 years of age or older) participated via interviews in Toronto, Canada. An urban design framework of 64 playful design features called The Multi-Playscape Toolkit, which can be used by urban designers and architects, has been developed and now contributes to the knowledge base.
Using the Toronto context, recommendations are provided to promote more urban playfulness, more lenient policymaking, and more inclusive design practices in our public spaces.

Date: April 2017
Uncontrolled Keywords: (adult) playfulness, architecture, colour, environmental aesthetics, environmental psychology, inclusive design, playful design, playful spaces, public art, public spaces, sensescapes, sensory design, sensory inclusion, social inclusion, urban design, urban interventions, urban planning
Divisions: Graduate Studies > Inclusive Design
Date Deposited: 10 May 2017 18:19
Last Modified: 10 May 2017 18:19
URI: http://openresearch.ocadu.ca/id/eprint/1702

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