Natural playscapes, Adventure playgrounds, Outdoor education, Place-based learning, Interactive design, Landscape architecture

Natural Playscapes and Outdoor Education

About this issue

Issue number
Volume 47 – Number 2

Summary

This issue focuses on ‘playscapes’: on how nature or natural elements have been incorporated into playgrounds; and how other, virtual, artificial or ‘smart’ elements of play are competing, complementing or otherwise influencing the way children and young adults are experiencing the outdoors and how and what they are learning there. The contributions include examples of outdoor play and learning in Europe, the United States and Mexico and, importantly, they give voice to practitioners as well as academics.

Guest Editor: DEIKE PETERS

Contents

  • Rethinking ‘Playscapes’ in the Built Environment 
    DEIKE PETERS
  • When There’s Nothing but Nature: The Danish Experience with Natural Playscapes
    HELLE NEBELONG
  • What are Schoolchildren doing Out There? Children’s Perspectives on Affordances in Unedited Places
    MARIA HAMMARSTEN
  • ‘Adventure Playgrounds’, ‘Nature’ and ‘Learning’: Disrupting Lofty Notions
    WENDY RUSSELL, JOHN FITZPATRICK and BRIDGET HANDSCOMB
  • Mobile Augmented Reality and Outdoor Education
    MATTIAS ARVOLA, INGER EDFORSS FUCHS, INGEMAR NYMAN and ANDERS SZCZEPANSKI
  • Smart Playgrounds? Using Smart and Interactive Technologies to Combat Playground Underutilization
    ANASTASIA LOUKAITOU-SIDERIS
  • When Tech Enhances Play in Nature: ListenTree
    EDWINA PORTOCARRERO
  • Publication Review
  • Cover photo: This snail-shaped mound in the Naturlegepladsen i Valbyparken, Copenhagen is very popular with children (Design and photo: Helle Nebelong) .