ERIC Number: ED208992
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Jan
Reference Count: 0
Project Parapluie: A User Generated Shelter Design for the Recreation of School-Age Children in a Montreal Housing Project.
In many Canadian multi-family residential environments there is often a lack of sheltered space for recreation, other than the dwelling unit, where children can play in inclement weather and engage in those kinds of activities which usually cannot take place in the home. (Such activities include those that are too noisy, too messy, too large to handle, or simply too irritating for parents.) The purpose of this project was to develop such a sheltered space in a typical Montreal four story walk-up residential development. A four step procedure was developed to involve school-age children in designing the shelter. First, various children were asked to express their needs and to comment about the shelter project. Other children were given the opportunity to make drawings and to build models of ideal shelters. Second, based on a review of the literature and most particularly on the comments made by the children, a group of architecture students from the University of Montreal developed design alternatives. Third, the design alternatives were submitted to the children and they were asked to comment and vote on the proposed alternatives. Fourth, on the basis of the children's and specialist's comments, a final plan was developed. Photos of participants and drawings of the recreational shelters proposed by the architecture students are included in the report. (Author/RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp., Ottawa (Ontario).
Note: Children's Environments Advisory Service Research and Development Program, Research Project 12. Study prepared for the United Nations Committee of Non-Governmental Organizations for the International Year of the Child (Geneva, Switzerland).