In the Spring of 2014 I led a fourth year architecture studio at Ball State University where students designed and built a PLAYscape for a new pocket park in the Historic Meridian Park neighborhood in Indianapolis. The playscape provides a structure that supports creative play, environmental learning, and nature play. The PLAYscape was constructed in pieces in the Ball State Design-Build Lab and installed in Indianapolis at the end of the semester. Our work included numerous field trips and meetings with residents and other community, industry and academic
This project was a unique opportunity to work with design, materials and construction techniques in the service of the community. Our objectives were to serve the community and develop a deeper understanding of the design process through the integration of material and construction experience. Collaboration with each other and with community, industry and academic partners was a critical feature of our work.