School playgrounds are for action
At FSB 2021, the subject area of "school yards" was also be high on the agenda of the BSFH's trade fair appearance in Hall 9.1. At the joint lecture area, centrally located in Hall 9.1, the BSFH has addressed this socially relevant topic, again in cooperation with the trade journal "Playground & Landscape" as media partner.
Review at the Seminars at BSFH FORUM 2021
All lectures and workshops at the BSFH Forum are in German.
Creative schoolyard design - pupils need movement
Outdoor spaces of schools are currently forgotten but basically very valuable spaces for movement for pupils' break activities. Even after school hours, they provide an open space for children and young people from the residential environment that is lacking, especially in dense urban neighbourhoods. However, one hears very different attitudes on this topic in the schools, which are ultimately responsible for the design of the physical activity facilities and for regulating their use. The same applies to the city administrations, which are responsible for the construction side. Despite a fundamental open-mindedness, there is still a noticeable reluctance and certain ambivalence to upgrade school playgrounds or even to open them for extracurricular use. The financial costs do not seem to be the main problem.
The seminar would like to sharpen the view that, at first glance, time seems to be favourable for the topic. For from the point of view of urban development, it is increasingly recognised that there is a considerable lack of open spaces for sport, play and exercise, especially in dense urban districts and also in pandemic times. The inner densification of cities robs numerous open and green spaces that were previously also used by families, children and young people for their sporting activities. Newly designed playgrounds could alleviate the pressure on the city to convert open spaces that are very important for housing, traffic areas or businesses into built-up areas, because replacement spaces are created.
All true to the motto of Prof. Renate Zimmer: Romping makes you smart! Exercise instead of cramming.
All those who maintain a children's playground assume a special responsibility. This is because they are responsible for playground safety there and must ensure that the applicable standards are complied with and that there is no risk of injury to the children there. Due to new technical developments, construction methods and standards, the requirements for playground safety are constantly changing. In addition, the interpretation of the applicable standards is not always easy. The seminar aims to provide an up-to-date overview of applicable standards and their application (DIN EN 1176 / 77) as well as the classification and assessment of inclusive play spaces. In October 2020, Part 1 of the new DIN 18034 was published, which regulates the planning, construction and operation of playgrounds. With the DIN standard, the topics of accessibility and inclusion in particular are to come to the fore. So for attractive, challenging and exciting playgrounds, we have to make new assumptions, definitions on how this can be achieved and implemented.