Pop - Up Playscapes | Making Playful Places of Vacant Spaces!
In Summer 2017 we successfully piloted our new initiative 'Pop-Up Playscapes' thanks to funding we gratefully received from Creative Scotland. This funding, along with further support from social landlord NG Homes and Play Rangers, PEEK Project, allowed us to design and build our own unique 'Pop-Up' kit to trial in eight locations in the north of Glasgow, Scotland. Two key outcomes we aimed to achieve were to support the child's right to play (UNCRC Article 31) and to participate in matters concerning them (UNCRC Article 12) in regards to the design of their public environment. With Pop Up Playscapes:
Temporarily transform and repurpose or reactivate under utilised,
Add some excitement and energy to any community events, street
play sessions or summer programmes!
promote social equity, active lifestyles and friendships; raise
attainment, boost creativity and tackle anti-social behaviour in
Schools and the wider community!
implement our traffic management systems and play equipment
and make- safe public spaces for play!
Use a temporary installation to test new ideas and consult the
community on child friendly open space improvements!
The Right to Play
A 'Playscape' is a playful landscape that encourages interaction and enjoyment of the city by all ages. The concept of our 'Pop-Up' kit developed through a need to enhance our everyday shared public spaces, particularly for children and young people. If we accept that there is more to life than existence, work and everyday functioning, then the well functioning city must be at once play-full and playful. ‘Play-full’ in the sense that it provides an array of opportunities and opportunities for all, and ‘playful’ in the sense that our public spaces are inviting, challenging and creatively engaging.
'Pop-Up Playscapes' trials play provision in new contexts; transforming under-utilised spaces to legitimise, and develop a culture of, community play; making such opportunities more accessible and enjoyable in a bold move away the model of isolated, designated playgrounds.
The Right to Participate
More than just an ephemeral experience, 'Pop-Up Playscapes' are a Hub for Community Consultation allowing children and families to feedback their ideas on how their public spaces should be reformed; and a certain level of autonomy in the shaping and adaptation of these temporary spaces allows for testing new ideas, prototyping public spaces for themselves.
Therefore, our 'Pop-Up Playscapes' are an ideal toolkit for Planning Authorities to involve children, young people and families in their development plans - as encouraged by the Scottish Governments recent publication 'Places, People and Planning.' (see page 21).