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    al Qal a Neighborhood Improvement Participatory Project Rehabilitation Project for the Grounds of the Adasiyyah Girls School Courses Workshops CSBE photography competitions Diwan al Mimar E Publishing Program Exploring Public Space through Users Behavior also available in Arabic Favorite Book Lists on Architecture and the Built Environment Graywater Reuse Project Public Lectures The Omrania l CSBE Student Award Water Conserving Landscapes Remembering Ali Maher Other Projects Activities Community Development through

    Original URL path: http://www.csbe.org/activities/community-development-through-interactive-design/rehabilitation-project-for-the-grounds-of-the-adasiyyah-girls-school/new-page-3/ (2016-02-13)
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    al Qal a Neighborhood Improvement Participatory Project Rehabilitation Project for the Grounds of the Adasiyyah Girls School Courses Workshops CSBE photography competitions Diwan al Mimar E Publishing Program Exploring Public Space through Users Behavior also available in Arabic Favorite Book Lists on Architecture and the Built Environment Graywater Reuse Project Public Lectures The Omrania l CSBE Student Award Water Conserving Landscapes Remembering Ali Maher Other Projects Activities Community Development through

    Original URL path: http://www.csbe.org/activities/community-development-through-interactive-design/rehabilitation-project-for-the-grounds-of-the-adasiyyah-girls-school/new-page-8/ (2016-02-13)
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    al Qal a Neighborhood Improvement Participatory Project Rehabilitation Project for the Grounds of the Adasiyyah Girls School Courses Workshops CSBE photography competitions Diwan al Mimar E Publishing Program Exploring Public Space through Users Behavior also available in Arabic Favorite Book Lists on Architecture and the Built Environment Graywater Reuse Project Public Lectures The Omrania l CSBE Student Award Water Conserving Landscapes Remembering Ali Maher Other Projects Activities Community Development through

    Original URL path: http://www.csbe.org/activities/community-development-through-interactive-design/rehabilitation-project-for-the-grounds-of-the-adasiyyah-girls-school/new-page-9/ (2016-02-13)
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  • Sahab Playground Project page 2 » CSBE
    play in which the child can get involved Children were then asked to express in drawings the play environment they would like to have Each participant was asked to prepare two sets of drawings one during the meeting and another at home The first meeting concluded by showing the children some slides about different types of play in which children in different parts of the world engage The analysis of the children s drawings was planned for later This analysis aimed at pinpointing the games they like to play the play tools and equipment they like to play with and the type of play environment they like to have A visit to the backyard of PBC where the play environment is to be located took place during the second meeting figure 1 The children were asked to examine critically and analytically the site with its existing elements and surrounding environment The children then prepared a map of the site that showed existing entrances boundaries topography vegetation an existing outdoor play area sewage pipes and a septic tank The map also showed the surrounding buildings and adjacent street figure 2 The microclimate of the plot was discussed The children identified the north direction according to the direction of the Muslim prayers which faces the city of Mecca They also identified the direction of the cold winter winds which come from the west and southwest and which they felt should be blocked in the winter The map also located the garbage that some of the neighbors had been throwing into the site The children discussed possible measures to prevent such littering These include holding meetings with the neighbors providing garbage receptacles and building a fence between the neighbors and the site using a kind of wire mesh Measures such as complaining to the authorities about the neighbors were discussed but dropped in order to keep good relations with the neighbors During the third meeting the drawings that the children had prepared during the first meeting were displayed on a wall figure 3 Every child was asked to hang his or her two drawings the one done during the meeting and the one done at home As the drawings were being hung on the wall the children prepared tables that included the name and age of the child who prepared the drawing the elements that appear in each drawing and the number of times each element appeared in the different drawings Ball games such as football volleyball and basketball had the highest occurrence 11 times Traditional playground equipment such as the seesaw slide swing and revolving platform occurred 9 times Old stationary vehicles including cars buses and trucks occurred 5 times and a playhouse appeared 4 times Water activities such as swimming diving and water handball occurred 3 times Fishing table tennis and jumping over vertical poles each occurred twice Horseback riding farming tae kwon do wrestling chess and wheelchair racing each occurred once Pretend play such as the doctor and patient game

    Original URL path: http://www.csbe.org/publications-and-resources/articles-and-lectures-on-landscape-design/other-material-on-landscape-design/designing-a-play-environment-with-children-at-sahab/sahab-playground-project-page-2/ (2016-02-13)
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  • Sahab Playground Project Page 5 » CSBE
    included an area for children under six years of age which is located close to the PBC center building near the preexisting nursery A third area which is to be devoted to children around ten years and above would function as an adventure play area and would be located near the border with the adjacent school The children believed that the students of the adjacent school should be able to use the play environment and that they should be encouraged to participate in its design management and maintenance The outdoor theater for musical and drama performances as well as other freeform play activities was proposed partly to encourage the students and staff of the school to become more involved in the play environment A free play zone was devoted to pretend play and this space would include the redecorated old truck or bus The children also suggested that this space would include old boxes tires bricks shovels wooden boards and barrels These materials would give the children the opportunity to manipulate the space and would stimulate their imagination in creating their own games and play tools In addition the play environment is to include a playhouse Many of the children wanted the playhouse to be in the form of the tent The tent is a common structure for Bedouins in Jordan and is used for social gatherings in villages as well as in urban areas Design concept The second phase of the project concentrated on developing a design for the play environment As mentioned earlier a great number of the children s drawings showed the play environment as one located in a green natural setting thus reflecting the need for greenery in the dry climate of Jordan and particularly that of Sahab In developing the design concept for the play environment I therefore placed various activities in the middle of the site and surrounded them by what can be referred to as a greenbelt most of which would consist of evergreen plants This belt also would function as a windbreak from the west and southwest and also as a sound barrier between the site and the adjacent houses to the southwest and to the northwest figure 6 The site is almost flat However I created an artificial triangularly shaped 3 meter high hill located immediately at the front of the main entrance This hill serves to break the flatness of the site and also to direct circulation to the various functions that the site contains In addition it would block views from the entry area towards the various activities thus providing visitors with a sense of surprise and ambiguity as they move towards the core area of the site The hill will be planted with evergreen ground covers and will function as a landmark for the site from a distance The children would be able to climb up the hill and ropes and a ladder would be provided for that purpose The floor area from which the children would be

    Original URL path: http://www.csbe.org/publications-and-resources/articles-and-lectures-on-landscape-design/other-material-on-landscape-design/designing-a-play-environment-with-children-at-sahab/sahab-playground-project-page-5/ (2016-02-13)
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  • Sahab Playground Project Page 6 » CSBE
    the plot will be left as they are except for some maintenance and repair where needed The wall at the back facing the back street will be covered with stones and will be further emphasized by a row of evergreen trees that will be planted along it These also will give shade to the seating areas located at the south side of the playground Considerable attention is given in the design to expose the children to as wide a range of stimuli as possible This will help them become well acquainted with their environment and to develop a better sense of place The basic colors of red blue and yellow will be used mainly for the play structures Natural elements including plants sand and stone also will serve to provide visual variety Special care is taken to incorporate plants with differing flowering seasons shades of green fragrances and colors An emphasis has been placed on manipulating changes in views contrasts between light and shade and changes between wind velocities sounds and textures throughout the design The design also allows children to exercise a certain level of control over their play environment Movable play elements and tools such as wooden boards ladders barrels boxes and shovels will be provided in the free play zone These elements will enable the children both to manipulate the space and to create their own games and play structures The children also will be allowed and encouraged to bring their own materials to play with as long as safety precautions are taken into consideration The ground surface in the free play zone will consist of a clean thick layer of sand They can dig through it and make shapes out of it and it is also a safe material for playing In addition they can use sand to play some traditional games like marbles The Softscape Due to the scarcity of water in Jordan special care has been taken in selecting plants species for the play environment figure 9 Low water consuming plants will be used The trees suggested for the southern and southwestern sides of the site include cypresses Cupressus sempervirens and Cupressus glabra Aleppo pine Pinus halepensis mimosa Acacia cyanophylla and glossy privet Ligustrum lucidum These would provide shade for the seating areas around the playground would function as noise and wind barriers and would provide privacy to the adjacent neighbors Deciduous trees such as the Japanese pagoda tree Sophora japonica and the silk tree Albizia julibrissin are suggested for the eastern side of the plot This will give the children a sense of the changing seasons and will allow the sun to warm up the area in winter Moreover the falling leaves and the change in color of deciduous trees provide a stimulating play material for the children The Japanese pagoda tree Judas tree Cersis siliquastrum and silk tree are specified for the seating areas around the plaza while a pepper tree Schinus molle is used as a specimen tree in the seating

    Original URL path: http://www.csbe.org/publications-and-resources/articles-and-lectures-on-landscape-design/other-material-on-landscape-design/designing-a-play-environment-with-children-at-sahab/sahab-playground-project-page-6/ (2016-02-13)
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  • Sahab Playground Project Page 7 » CSBE
    the blackboard the schematic plan I had prepared for the play environment This represented the various decisions we had made during the first phase of the project about the activities to be included in the play environment and their zoning I also distributed pictures of play structures I took from magazines to give the children a more concise idea about what play structures look like and how they are used In addition I distributed a copy of the article about the project that was published in the NEF newsletter and which is available on the NEF s web site All of the children felt excited and proud of the article We then discussed the goals that we expected to accomplish during the second phase of the project Following that the children were divided into three teams the design team which was my responsibility the drama team which was the responsibility of Ms Fatima al Taway a of PBC and the communication team which was the responsibility of Mr Ehab Melhem of NEF Volunteers from the youth committee at PBC which includes older children also attended this meeting as well The project was briefly discussed with them and each of them chose the team in which he there were no girls in the committee at that time wanted to participate Starting with the second meeting every team carried out its activity in a separate meeting room and I will concentrate in the remaining part of this article on my experiences with the design team I discussed with the design team the elements and the possible activities of the play structures of which images were distributed during the first meeting The children believed that a play structure for those above ten years old should incorporate activities such as climbing swinging sliding and jumping They suggested through drawings a variety of tools and elements to achieve such activities These tools and elements included platforms of different shapes ropes ladders nets slides as well as hanging rings and bars We moved on to designing a play structure for children above ten years old during the third meeting I pointed out the location of the play structure and its relation to the other elements presented in the schematic design of the play environment We built a model of the play structure using inexpensive household materials such as empty boxes onion bags hairpins straws and disposable plates figure 10 We had estimated a possible size for the play structure using a scale ruler and agreed that the maximum possible length for it would be fifteen meters and that its maximum height would range between 3 and 4 meters The children wanted to go up to 6 meters but we decided to stop at 4 meters for safety factors The main platform of the play structure with an area of about fifteen square meters would be its highest and largest part It also serves as the first station that connects with the bridge coming from the artificial

    Original URL path: http://www.csbe.org/publications-and-resources/articles-and-lectures-on-landscape-design/other-material-on-landscape-design/designing-a-play-environment-with-children-at-sahab/sahab-playground-project-page-7/ (2016-02-13)
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  • New Sahab Playground Project page » CSBE
    trucks small pickup trucks and buses We needed a relatively small vehicle that would accommodate the largest number of children and the children decided on a pickup truck or mini bus The children listed the vehicle parts that need to be removed from the vehicle for safety purposes They suggested removing the glass windows doors engine and gas tank However they emphasized keeping the driving wheel brakes clutch and seats They also suggested adding curtains and putting drawings on the external body of the vehicle Most interestingly they suggested fixing strong springs below the vehicle so that it would bounce up and down when they play inside it They explained that this would create a sense of motion and will make the play experience more exciting They added that they have had similar experiences playing with old cars in their own yards The schematic site plan also included a playhouse The children had listed during the first phase of the project a variety of materials that can be used for constructing this playhouse I then asked the children to divide themselves into two groups one would draw images of the playhouse and the other would add elements on a drawing of a bus and a drawing of a truck that might make the play experience more interesting and exciting Interestingly enough all the girls chose to be in the playhouse group and the boys chose to be in the vehicle group The images that the children drew of course will be taken into consideration when designing the playhouse and redecorating the vehicle The two other teams the communication and drama teams also achieved interesting results The communication team visited three adjacent neighboring families The children involved in the project were very excited about explaining it to the neighbors One neighbor expressed concern about the noise that might come out of the play environment and that children playing there might throw stones into her yard The group assured her that her concerns would be taken into consideration when designing the play environment The other two neighbors showed enthusiasm for the project since it would be the only one in the area and their children will greatly benefit from such a play environment The neighbors were encouraged to send their children to the center to participate in our activities and as mentioned earlier we therefore had a few additional children from the neighborhood join our fourth and fifth meetings Ms Fatima Taway a who led the drama team approached the school administration to discuss the project with them They welcomed the idea of the project and expressed their willingness to cooperate with the center in any way that would help realize the play environment The drama group also designed the puppet characters and selected a few plays and songs relating to environmental issues and the process of designing the play environment to explain the project and its significance to the community of Sahab Conclusion Working with the children of Sahab has been

    Original URL path: http://www.csbe.org/publications-and-resources/articles-and-lectures-on-landscape-design/other-material-on-landscape-design/designing-a-play-environment-with-children-at-sahab/sahab-playground-project-page-9/ (2016-02-13)
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