Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Kidsafe 2014 National Playspace Design Awards Winner, Education and Care Services - Highly Commended SDN BERANGA

Kidsafe 2014 National Playspace 


Design Awards Winner


Education and Care Services -  


Highly Commended


SDN BERANGA


Congratulations to Tessa Rose Landscapes and SDN Childrens services as well as J M Landscapes for once again, winning another, highly commended Award, yet again, in the 2014 National Kidsafe award for SDN Beranga. Always the bridesmaid. :)


Posts in respect to the design and construction of SDN Beranga can be viewed via the links below.

Mural Celebrating the 
Indigenous Stewardship of the land
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Saturday, 18 October 2014

Wood-Clad Fagerborg Kindergarten Offers a Stimulating Environment for Children in Norway

Wood-Clad Fagerborg Kindergarten Offers a Stimulating Environment for Children in Norway Fagerborg Kindergarten by RRA – Inhabitat - Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building

To respect the character of the surrounding early 20th century residential buildings, RRA clad the kindergarten with wood in the vertical grain direction to blend the structure into the landscape, but also gave the timber volume a distinctive and contemporary shape. One end of the building lifts up and off the ground into a cantilever that shelters the main entrance below. A series of square windows punctuate the exterior at different heights.

In contrast to its mostly monochromatic facade, the interior is filled with art, colorful staircases, and whimsical shapes. The building offers two units for children aged 1 to 3 years old and two units for children 3 to 6 years old. All units share a common area with  kitchen located at the heart of the building. The kindergarten is also attached to an enclosed outdoor play area.

Monday, 22 September 2014

Are we babying our kids? Can riskier playgrounds make healthier adults? | syracuse.com

Are we babying our kids? Can riskier playgrounds make healthier adults? | syracuse.com


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"Free play is where children learn they can control their own lives. It's where they learn life is happy. And if it's not happy, they learn how to fix it,"

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Nature Connection Will Be the Next Big Human Trend | Daniel Crockett

Nature Connection Will Be the Next Big Human Trend | Daniel Crockett



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'Something is amiss and we can't quite put our finger on what. It seems that the further our society progresses,


the more disenfranchised we feel. The hyper-connectivity of social media (which has its own potential) leaves us cold and over-informed, saturated with unwanted information and more aware than ever of the injustices of the world. It seems that the more virtually connected we get, the more disconnected we become, both from each other but also from our communities. I believe that a necessary backlash to this trend is a large-scale reconnection with nature that has the ability to transcend previous environmental movements and reshape our world. Moreover, I believe this undercurrent is gaining momentum and influencing every element of our lives. It's a revolution of belonging.'

Monday, 1 September 2014

Introducing Nature to Visually Impaired Kids | Patricia Evans

Introducing Nature to Visually Impaired Kids | Patricia Evans



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'Children who are visually challenged often develop certain talents only when they are taught to use different sensory modes. With this, a variety of teaching approaches are developed to enhance their learning abilities.......Studies about visual impairment in kids often suggest nature engagement as a helpful strategy in learning development.'









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