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The competition invites designers of all types from around the world to design playground equipment and spaces that will give a sense of place, wonder and fun so strong that they will entice children, teens and adults outdoors to play.

Category Idea Competition / Competition Result / Open to Students
Type International, Idea, Project, Open, Single-Stage, Onymous
Genre Art, Landscape
Country Atlanta, United States
Registration Deadline 1 October 2010 GoogleCal iCal
Submission Deadline 1 October 2010 (via Online)
Eligibility Professionals, students, children + sponsors

Children's health is suffering because the appeal of sitting in front of an electronic screen is winning out over getting outside to play. Conditions such as childhood obesity, diabetes, ADHD, and vitamin D deficiencies (and many others) are on the rise, but their symptoms can be lessened and sometimes eliminated by regular outdoor play. The problem is that many playgrounds are without challenges and each looks the same as every other playground and so a child’s excitement is soon lost, if they even go out there in the first place. Another problem is that manufactured playgrounds can be too expensive for some communities so their children do without. We think there are options for everyone to "win" in this game by building their own play areas with easily found materials, incorporating manufactured equipment in creative ways, building play areas different from any we have ever seen before, and even building a fort in your own backyard.
The idea for Playable10 came from the highly successful 1954 Playable Sculpture Competition put on by the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
The categories in the competition are:
a.) Playable Art
b.) Playable Site
c.) Playable D-I-Y

Susan Szenasy (Editor-in-Chief, Metropolis Magazine)
Susan Solomon (art historian + author, American Playgrounds)
Jan Lorenc (Lorenc + Yoo)
Robin Moore (author + professor, North Carolina State University)
Jon Sanford (Professor, Georgia Tech)
Fred Yalouris (Director of Design, Atlanta BeltLine)
George Dusenbury, IV (Commissioner of Parks, Recreation + Cultural Affairs, City of Atlanta)
Paige Johnson (blogger, Playscapes)
Joe Frost (author, expert on play and early childhood education, Professor Emeritus, University of Texas)

a.) Playable Art: 1 winning playspace will be built in Woodruff Park in downtown Atlanta in 2011
b.) Playable Site: 1 winning conceptual master plan for play will be presented to the Atlanta Beltline, James Corner Field Operations and Perkins + Will for their review as they develop the Beltline master plan.
c.) Playable DIY: At least 1 winning DIY project will be built and the process captured in a documentary/pilot.
(We hope to add some cash prizes at a later date, but the truest reward is making a lasting contribution to the wellbeing of the children of Atlanta and beyond who will benefit from your creativity.)

Entry Fee
$50 (Student: $25)

Digital datas (Details will be announced on the website.)

Winners announced at conference on designing for play at Georgia Tech: November 6-7, 2010

Georgia Tech College of Architecture, ATLANTA TASKFORCE ON PLAY (ATOP)

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