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Playground Project


This special studies will enable students from four disciplines (studio art, education and child study, engineering and landscape studies) to collaborate in the formal design process to benefit the new playgrounds at Fort Hill. Through charrettes and reviews, small groups will work together to design a climbing structure for toddlers; a water feature for infants to preschoolers; and storyboards illustrating and describing the rich history of the site, from Native American fort to silk cocoonery to Lyman family estate.

Students will research the rich history of the site, do precedent analysis, learn safety regulations, learn about the development of the young child, and understand the pedagogical implications of the designs.

Opportunity for guest lectures given by the participating faculty and visiting professionals. Lectures will include the evolution of playground design by Nina Antonetti and Linda Jones on materials and possibly on the structural analysis (loads, etc.) of the playground structures.

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Playground Project LSS 180

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