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In: The SAGE Handbook of Outdoor Play and Learning

Chapter 17: Assessing Free Play Behaviour in Urban Play Spaces

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Assessing Free Play Behaviour in Urban Play Spaces
Assessing Free Play Behaviour in Urban Play Spaces
Antje Luchs
INTRODUCTION

The physical and social environments of children living in cities are continuously changing. Numerous play areas disappear, being replaced by growing urbanization. While only few new outdoor play opportunities emerge or are rediscovered, established urban play spaces might undergo change. The increasing conversion of streets into temporarily restricted play streets displays the recapturing of urban spaces reserved for children's play. In addition, improved traditional playgrounds incorporate gradually more natural playground characteristics. However, the latest research knowledge about play and the design of play spaces seems to be limited in reaching stakeholders and playground designers. Even ...

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