& THE CITY
When kids play they are not just filling in time, they are learning how to make new meaningful connections. It is a vehicle for self-expression and social interaction. So, why do adults stop playing? If play was the main mechanism of making friends when we were young, why should play seem to end with childhood? The purpose of this study is to understand how urban design with play in mind can improve quality of life and facilitate organic, friendly encounters with strangers in the city of Amsterdam. More importantly, what- kinds of play and design techniques in existing local sites could create a seamless, interactive, and engaging experience between people? I hope to identify trends that engage all of our senses: cognitively, socially, and physically. In effect, environments tailored as thriving spaces for potential meaningful connections.
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These photos were taken on site to help me remember certain design elements of the public spaces visited around Amsterdam.