Engaging Children to Co-create Outdoor Play Activities for Place-making

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Outdoor play activities are one of the ways via which children can acquire a sense of place towards their neighbourhood. Engaging children in the design of these activities through Participatory Design (PD) holds promise. However, knowledge lacks on the characteristics of place-making processes for children, the changing dynamics in these processes, and how PD can contribute to this. This paper proposes a PD method, grounded in literature, to support children in co-creating outdoor play activities for place-making. The method is applied with 42 children in Rotterdam. Involvement
of local partners, preparation meetings, and PD materials tailored to children’s interests and skills are vital to enable children to design outdoor play activities that are meaningful to them.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPDC '20: Proceedings of the 16th Participatory Design Conference 2020 - Participation(s) Otherwise - Volume 1
EditorsChiara Del Gaudio, Leonardo Parra-Agudelo, Rachel Clarke, Joanna Saad-Sulonen, Andrea Botero, Andrea Botero, Felipe Cesar Londono, Felipe Cesar Londono, Paula Andrea Escandon Suarez
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9781450377003
Publication statusPublished - 2020
EventParticipatory Design Conference 2020 - Manizales, Colombia
Duration: 15 Jun 202019 Jun 2020

Publication series

NameACM International Conference Proceeding Series


ConferenceParticipatory Design Conference 2020
Abbreviated titlePDC2020


  • Place-making
  • Outdoor play
  • Children
  • Participatory design
  • Neighbourhood engagement


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