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Boundless Joy: Playgrounds

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This competition is to inspire participants to design playgrounds that are universally accessible and cater to children with various disabilities. Your challenge is to transcend conventional playground designs and envision an inclusive environment where every child can play together safely and joyfully.



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Description

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Premise

Design a universally accessible playground that caters to children with all types of disabilities. The challenge is to create not just a play area but a vibrant space that ensures safety, inclusivity, and endless fun for children with diverse needs.

Issue

The critical issue at the heart of this competition is the urgent need to provide playgrounds that welcome all children, regardless of their physical, sensory, or cognitive abilities. Most existing playgrounds lack universal accessibility, inadvertently excluding children with disabilities from the joy of play and vital social interactions. This competition aims to address this gap by fostering the creation of inclusive play spaces that allow every child to experience the delight of play while promoting social inclusion, community, and equality.

Objective

The objective of this architectural competition is to inspire participants to design playgrounds that are universally accessible and cater to children with various disabilities. Your challenge is to transcend conventional playground designs and envision an inclusive environment where every child can play together safely and joyfully. The ultimate goal is to create a playground that is a beacon of inclusivity, where barriers are eliminated, and every child can experience the sheer joy of play and the power of social connection.

Site

Participants are encouraged to choose a site within their own locality for their playground design. The selected site should be an urban park area that is less than 500 square meters, ideally located near residential neighborhoods and schools. This flexibility allows participants to consider local needs and contexts while ensuring the playground serves a wide community. Designs should complement the existing park environment, utilizing the natural landscape to enhance the play experience and provide a safe, inclusive space for all children.

Constraints

  • Accessibility: Designs must ensure that all playground features are accessible to children with physical, sensory, and cognitive disabilities. This includes wheelchair accessibility, sensory play elements, and inclusive equipment.
  • Safety: Safety is paramount. Playgrounds must comply with international safety standards and regulations to prevent injuries.
  • Inclusivity: The design should promote social interaction among children of all abilities, encouraging play and collaboration.
  • Durability and Maintenance: Materials used should be durable and easy to maintain, ensuring the playground remains safe and functional over time.
  • Cost-effectiveness: The playground should be affordable to construct and maintain, considering budget constraints typical for community projects.
  • Aesthetic Integration: The design should harmonize with the surrounding environment, creating a visually appealing space that enhances the overall park experience.
  • Community Input: Consideration should be given to input from the local community, including children and parents, to ensure the playground meets their needs and preferences.
  • This competition aims to inspire innovative, inclusive playground designs that can serve as models for future projects worldwide, promoting the idea that play should be accessible to every child.

Submission Requirements

  1. 2 x A1 Sheets explaining the value proposition or the design (each PDF with at least 150dpi – Max. 20 MB)
  2. An optional 1-2 min Video explaining your design/concept (content in the video has been left to the participant’s consideration)
  3. Participate in teams of 1-3 Individuals (Multiple Registrations Allowed using different Email IDs and Phone Numbers)
  4. The final PDF must be named ‘team-<team number>.pdf‘ (for example, team-1234.pdf if your team code is ‘1234’) and should be uploaded on Google Drive/Dropbox/OneDrive or any similar online file handler with ‘Public Access‘ setting as ‘Enabled’ 
  5. The final video must be named ‘team-<team number> | Seek Fanatic Competition #sfboundlessjoy and uploaded as an ‘Unlisted‘ video on YouTube (Choose ‘Mark as not made for kids‘ while uploading)
  6. The content in sheets should be free of any plagiarism (except collages and human cutouts in renders) 
  7. Submitted content must not include any information that exposes details of the participant or the region the participant resides in
  8. Seek Fanatic logo must be postfixed to the video for 3 seconds with a black background  (Download logo: go.seekfanatic.com/logo)
  9. Registration must be done on seekfanatic.com only – using the contact information of the team representative.
  10. Team Number is the same as your Order Number (4-digit code) after payment of registration fees.

Note: Failing in compliance with any of the above requirements will lead to disqualification of the respected team from the competition, with a notification email to the registered email id of the team leader.

Schedule & Fees

  • Early Registration Ends: August 10th, 2024, 23:59 GMT ($30 USD)
  • Standard Registration Ends: September 10th, 2024, 23:59 GMT ($45 USD)
  • Late Registration Ends: September 25th, 2024, 23:59 GMT ($60 USD)
  • Submissions End: September 25th, 2024, 23:59 GMT
  • Results Announced: October 25th, 2024

Prizes & Grants

    • Winner x 1 = $1000 + Certificate + Publication in our Annual Issue + Blog Post
    • Runners Up x 4 = $250 + Certificate + Publication in our Annual Issue + Blog Post
    • Participation Certificates for all teams